Tankers denied entry into Sudanese territorial waters

Sudan has halted the entry of vessels carrying fuel into its territorial waters to avoid incurring fines due to delays in offloading, Asharq TV channel said at the weekend, citing the country’s energy minister, Jaden Ali Obaid.

Protesters from the Beja tribes in eastern Sudan have been shutting ports and blocking roads in protest at what they describe as poor political and economic conditions in the region.

The minister said that the country’s strategic reserves were running low.

The move came only 24 hours before there were reports of a military coup in Sudan, with many civilian politicians in the transitory government said to be under arrest. The internet was also down.