Three-week blockade of Sudan port causes shortages of wheat and fuel

A three-week blockade of the main port in Sudan by tribal protesters has caused shortages of wheat and fuel oil, endangering the country’s already faulty electricity supply, Sudanese cabinet minister Khalid Omer Yousif said on Saturday October 9th.

Some civilian political figures have accused the military of playing a role in the Beja tribe’s blockade of Port Sudan, the surrounding roads and its fuel pipelines.

Military leaders have denied any involvement. The Beja leaders have said that they are protesting to draw attention to economic and political issues affecting the eastern tribe.

Queues for bread have begun to appear in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum. Minister of Cabinet Affairs Khalid Omer Yousif said that the government would redistribute wheat stocks located in the country’s Northern State to bolster supplies elsewhere.

Diesel supplies have also been affected by the blockade but petrol supplies remain stable, the statement added.