Tribal clashes in Sudan have left the newly formed security council in the offensive. As a precaution, they have had declare a sense of emergency in the city of Port Sudan, media reports have confirmed.
Port Sudan is a strategic point from where oil is exported from South Sudan. Apparently, clashes between members of the Beni Amer and Nuba tribes seem to have flared up due to some internal strife and led to a close-down. The acting governor and the head of the national security service for the eastern Red Sea state, of which Port Sudan is the capital, were both dismissed.
This is a delicate time for Sudan that has just recently been able to establish a joint military-civilian sovereign council that will finally form a government later in the week. The appointed Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok has given out a strict message that no one is expected to take sides in this matter. This is so because reports have confirmed that in the ten-day ordeal security forces had to be dispatched from Khartoum to Port Sudan as accusations started coming in that the regular forces there were sidelining one of the parties to the conflict.
The decision to declare a state of emergency has made sense once the failure of peace talks was determined as a delegation from the Sovereign Council visited the area to end the clashes in an attempt to reconcile the parties.
The acting governor was consecutively asked to step down and another one appointed to take charge of the situation.
Strangely, both tribes are of South Kordofan and work at the port and the transportation of goods and merchandises. The reason for their clashes is unknown. Similar clashes have been reported earlier, which died a natural death after they signed a reconciliation agreement.