Security forces used live ammunition to disperse a sit-in protest in Kutum (North Darfur) on Sunday July 12, causing an unspecified number of injuries. Reportedly, protesters then gathered at the local police station and set fire to several police vehicles.
Further unrest is possible over the coming days, and a heightened security presence is to be anticipated in the immediate term.
The sit-in in Kutum has been ongoing since July 5, whereby participants are protesting insecurity in the area, protection of agriculture, and other issues. Sit-in demonstrations are also taking place in Kabkabiya (North Darfur) and Nierteti (Central Darfur).
Individuals in Kutum are advised to monitor developments, avoid all demonstrations and political gatherings, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
The security environment in Sudan remains complex. Professional security advice and support should be sought prior to travel.
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