The government of North Darfur announced on Sunday, July 19, that it has deployed additional police and military forces to the town of Kutum after violent and destructive unrest over the past week. On Sunday, July 12, demonstrators set the town's police station alight in protest of perceived lack of protection from recurring militia attacks. Additional security has also been bolstered in nearby Fata Borno.
Further violence and unrest are expected in Darfur in the coming days and weeks.
Although levels of violence have decreased since the signing of a peace agreement roadmap in early 2016, tensions remain high in Darfur, and the region continues to present a range of significant security challenges. The ceasefire has reduced the level of violence in the region since 2016, but disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration successes have been limited, and multiple armed groups continue to operate in the region. Persistent violence and instability coupled with the widespread availability of firearms have also created an environment conducive to armed banditry, while persistent communal tensions have often resulted in unrest and clashes between rival armed groups.
Individuals present in Sudan, particularly Darfur region, are advised to monitor local developments, maintain a high degree of situational awareness, and remain vigilant for potential militant activity.
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