Sudan extends state of emergency in two states

KHARTOUM (Bernama) – Sudan’s Parliament has approved the extension of state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states for six months, Anadolu Agency (AA) reported.

The local Ashorooq TV channel reported on Wednesday the extension in Kassala was due to the existence of human, weapons and drug trafficking networks.

In North Kordofan, the proliferation of unlicensed vehicles and presence of some rebel elements that threatened the region’s stability were cited.

President Omar al-Bashir originally issued a decree declaring state of emergency in the two states on December 30, 2017.

Sudanese authorities said at least 19 people were killed last month in street demonstrations in several states against rising prices and shortages of basic commodities.

Opposition groups said the death toll is closer to 40.