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Protests Blockade Sudan’s Red Sea Ports, Threatening Economy

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, left, Salva Kiir, center, and Idriss Deby hold copies of the South Sudan peace deal, in Juba, South Sudan, Oct. 4.

Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, left, Salva Kiir, center, and Idriss Deby hold copies of the South Sudan peace deal, in Juba, South Sudan, Oct. 4.

Photographer: Majak Kuany/AFP via Getty Images

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Sudan’s main sea ports were blockaded by protesters opposed to part of a peace deal with rebels, targeting some of the ravaged economy’s major conduits for trade.

Demonstrations forced facilities to close at Port Sudan and Suakin, both on the Red Sea, according to the head of a local labor committee that backs the action, Abdou Alshirbini. Protesters plan Monday to extend their blockade to Bashair, the port from which landlocked South Sudan’s oil is shipped to world markets, he said by phone.