KHARTOUM

- The pace of identity-based killings is accelerating in Port Sudan, the capital of the Red Sea State, where Sudan's main ports are located, while the government authorities' response to events is slow and negligent, amounting to accusations of conspiracy, according to activists.

After days of tension in Port Sudan and sporadic killings, the coastal city witnessed two explosions, yesterday, Saturday, in a remarkable development of tribal conflicts in Sudan.

At eight o'clock, the Al-Busairi Hotel in the Medina market and the Amir Club in the "Silbona" ​​market were simultaneously targeted with hand grenades, killing 4 people and wounding 6 others.

According to a statement issued by the Red Sea State Security Committee, more than 12 hours after the incident, two people on a motorcycle threw two hand grenades at a crowd of citizens in a club in the Slabona market, which led to the death of 3 men and a woman and the injury of others, and the perpetrator was arrested.

Among the victims are Hassan Babiker, a young activist in the city's community, and Mohamed Mirghani, the former head of the Prince's Club.

The statement confirmed that the incident coincided with the launch of another hand grenade at the Al-Busairi Plaza Hotel in the big market, which hit the electric generator, and did not result in loss of life.

kill and besiege

Activists in Port Sudan blame the state and federal governments for the situation in Port Sudan, and see the bombings that targeted areas outside the circle of tribal conflict between the Bani Amer and Nuba tribes in the neighborhoods of Dar Al-Naim and Flip, as a natural development.

Activist Saleh Ahmed, from the Bani Amer tribe, confirms to Al-Jazeera Net that what happened will bear the consequences of the entire government authorities.

He points out that the city of Port Sudan has been experiencing remarkable tension for days, with the authorities still besieging Dar Al-Naim neighborhood, restricting exit and entry to one crossing, and punishing anyone who follows others with death.

And last June, a university professor at the Faculty of Marine Sciences, one of the sons of Bani Amer, was killed in front of his house.

Since last month, the Dar Al-Naim neighborhood, south of the city, in which the majority of the residents are from the Bani Amer and Al-Habbab tribes, has been under siege due to the imposition of a state of emergency after the recent events in Port Sudan, in light of a shortage of water and electricity supplies.

And last year, bloody confrontations erupted between Bani Amer and the Nuba, which resulted in deaths and burning of homes.

government default

Ironically, the political activist in the Red Sea state, Khaled Mohamed Nour, even before the simultaneous bombing incident in Port Sudan, warned through his Facebook account of the development of the tribal conflict into disaster and chaos unless the government intervened.

Nour told Al Jazeera Net that what happened yesterday, Saturday, in Port Sudan, is expected according to the sequence of events that developed from a street separating the two neighborhoods, "Dar Al-Naeem and Flip", to include the eastern and western Diyum, and then the whole city.

He points out that the conflict is now moving to the stage of total chaos through discourses to draw the rest of the components into the conflict and form broader alignments.

It is noteworthy that the Prince Club is located in the Selbona neighborhood, which is inhabited by nationalities from northern Sudan, who migrated to Port Sudan decades ago to work in the ports.

Khaled Muhammad Nour criticizes what he calls the unprecedented state of complacency on the part of the government in dealing with events, saying that what is happening is more than just complacency and negligence, but rather conspiracy and participation.

He continues, "What happened yesterday shows that we are heading towards a catastrophe. Firearms are spreading quickly, and even the list of injured people yesterday is almost devoid of a white weapon injury."

sequential events

The statement of the Red Sea State Security Committee acknowledged the link between the bombings and the tribal conflict through what it considered a sequence of events that began last Thursday by targeting the joint forces with a base that resulted in the injury of a member of the Rapid Support Forces.

On Saturday morning, a quarrel erupted in a public transport bus, which seriously injured one of the quarrels and led to his death.

As a result, the relatives of the victim closed the ring road, which obstructed traffic, which resulted in the burning of a truck and a motorcycle rickshaw.

The sequence of events prompted citizens residing in the area to protest and block the road, followed by the movement of a joint force towards the area, which opened the road and fixed the pillars of the site.

The Central Committee of Sudan Doctors confirmed, in a statement yesterday evening, that 4 people, including a woman, were killed as a result of the explosion of an explosive device (Qarnet) in the Prince Club, which is inhabited by a large number of club and region goers.

The committee counted 3 injuries, including two with a gunshot wound and another as a result of stabbing with a knife, and called on the regular forces to carry out their duty to preserve security and the lives of citizens.

A protest pause was carried out by activists in Port Sudan to demand an end to the tribal fighting (communication sites)

Protest

On Sunday morning, a group of actors and civil society organizations in Port Sudan carried out a protest to stop the fighting in front of the Public Prosecution Office in the Red Sea State, which was called for before the bombings.

The protesters submitted a memorandum to activate the role of the Public Prosecution Office and expedite the consideration of restricted communications and the formation of a prosecution to combat information crimes, as groups are active in provoking unrest among social components through social media platforms.

Since the revolution that overthrew the Bashir regime, the frequency of confrontations with a tribal dimension has increased in eastern Sudan, especially between Bani Amer and the Nuba, in light of the failure of the government, which has always been satisfied with intervening after the events.

Video clips showed a gathering of citizens after the bombing of the Prince Club and the arrest of one of the accused by citizens and handing him over to the police, who are still chasing other suspects.

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