Demonstrating students in Zalingei (Central Darfur state) clashed with security forces on Thursday, September 24, resulting in 28 students being injured. Reports indicate that demonstrators were demanding that the regional Director of Customs be dismissed, and they became unrestful and began throwing stones at security forces, prompting tear gas to be deployed in attempts to disperse crowds. There were some reports of live ammunition being used by security forces to disperse protesters, although this was not immediately clear.
Further associated protests are likely in Zalingei in the near term.
Those in Zalingei are advised to avoid the vicinity of the rally in order to mitigate the risk of exposure to potential crowd disturbances, opportunistic crime, and police crowd control measures. Travelers are further advised to closely monitor local media for updates regarding disruptions caused by the events.
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