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Armed Men Attempt to Storm Governor’s House in Darfur, Sudan

The governor said in a statement that the attempted attack sought to create “instability and chaos” in the province.

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A provincial governor in Sudan’s restive Darfur region was attacked last night. Armed men opened fire overnight, trying to storm his residence but were repelled by guards, officials said.

The attempted attack on West Darfur Gov. Mohammed Abdalla al-Douma’s residence in the provincial capital of El Geneina, heightened tensions in the restive region where tribal violence has led to the death of about 230 people since last week. No injuries or damage were however reported in last night’s attempted attack.

The governor said in a statement that the attempted attack sought to create “instability and chaos” in the province. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attack, and the governor’s report did not say who the attackers were.

Speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to reporters, a military official said that the attackers opened fire on the heavily fortified residence, prompting the guards to return fire. The exchange lasted for over an hour.

Earlier in the week, officials from the Sudanese capital of Khartoum visited to the governor in Genena to discuss the tribal clashes.

The fighting between members of the Arab Rizeigat tribe and the non-Arab Massalit tribe resulted from a fistfight on Friday in a Genena camp for displaced people. Some 160 people on both sides, including women and children have died as a result of the clash.

At least 90,000 people have also been displaced as a result of the fighting.  The displaced persons have now taken shelter in schools and government buildings and nearby villages, according to the United Nations.

A 24-hour curfew in all of the provinces in the Western Darfur region has been imposed by authorities, and the military and police have been authorized to use “all necessary force” to regain order.

Security reinforcements have also been deployed by the central government in Khartoum.

On Monday, clashes between the Rizeigat and non-Arab Falata tribe in South Darfur province, killed around 70 people, according to Gov. Mousa Mahdi. The clashes were sparked by the killing of a shepherd in al-Twaiyel village, 85 kilometers south of Nyala, the provincial capital.

While visiting the village on Tuesday, Mahdi vowed to bring to justice those who instigated the violence.

The latest violent clashes in Darfur region poses a challenge to Sudan’s transitional government which has been struggling to end civil war in the country’s far-flung areas.

It also is a major test to the government’s ability to protect civilians following the end of the joint U.N.-African Union peacekeeping force’s mandate in Darfur this month.

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Africa’s Largest University Hospital Opens in Tangier

Africa’s largest university hospital, Tangier University Hospital with a capacity of 865 beds has opened in Morocco’s coastal city, Tangier.

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Africa’s largest university hospital, Tanger University Hospital – a 71,000 sqm healthcare facility with 865 beds capacity is now open in Morocco’s coastal city, Tangier.

The hospital, built by Morocco’s Health Ministry – Ministere de la Sante’ (MDS) at a cost of $130 million will help ease pressure on the northern regions’ hospitals.

Tangier is Morocco’s second-largest industrial hub, strategic port, and trade centre with a burgeoning population due to large-scale investments in industry, services, and transport.

The edifice shows two prominent semi-circular volumes linked by glazed pedestrian links and surrounded by planted green courts. Its facade features angled sun-shading fins and peculiar aesthetics that make the building respond to its climatic context.

The port is the largest on the Mediterranean and in Africa by capacity. connecting over 170 ports in 77 countries.

This is outstanding especially for Tangier, which has been one of the worst-hit Moroccan cities by the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 865-bed university hospital covers 4 floors, and comprises 15 surgical rooms and a unit for victims of fire accidents.

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Revolution of Smiles: Thousands of Algerians Hit the Streets

The past few weeks have seen renewed demonstrations in the build-up to the February 22 anniversary of the first nation-wide protests, particularly in the traditionally troubled Kabylie region.

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Thousands of protesters returned to the streets in Algiers as Algerians mark the two-year anniversary of the Hirak protest movement that ousted the country’s long-term president from power in 2019.

The 2019–2020 Algerian protests, also known as Revolution of Smiles or Hirak Movement, began on 16 February 2019, six days after octogenarian Abdelaziz Bouteflika announced his intention for a fifth presidential bid in a signed statement.  A months-long movement demanding sweeping reform.

Algerian protesters massed up displaying flags in Kherrata, 200 kilometres east of the capital, chanting slogans against the government: “We didn’t come to celebrate but to set ourselves free,” demonstrating again where it all started two years ago.

The unprecedented leaderless protest is demanding a total overhaul of the ruling system, only suspended rallies in March last year as the coronavirus pandemic forced it off the streets.

Following the protests, especially in Kherrata where it started two years ago and quickly snowballed into nationwide demonstrations, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune has announced a government re-shuffle and ordered the release of up to 60 people detained from the Hirak protest movement and vowed to meet all of the Hirak’s demands.

Tuesday’s rally was attended by prominent Hirak figures including Karim Tabbou, who was handed a one-year suspended sentence in December for “undermining national security”.

The past few weeks have seen renewed demonstrations in the build-up to the February 22 anniversary of the first nation-wide protests, particularly in the traditionally troubled Kabylie region.

The protests’ successes were first recorded when former president Abdelaziz Bouteflika gave in to public pressure, announcing in early April his decision to step down after ruling for 20 years.

More protesters have called for a removal of Algeria’s political elites, freedom of the press, and freedom of expression…calling the elections that followed Bouteflika’s resignation a sham.

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Nine Feared Dead as Boat Capsizes in Egypt

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Death toll from capsized Cameroon ferry rises to 17

No fewer than nine people may have died after a boat carrying about 20 people capsized on Lake Mariout in Alexandria, northern Egypt, on Monday night.

Emergency responders rescued seven people, five of whom were injured, with at least four still missing as of Tuesday.

Nine bodies, including two children aged one and a four-year-old, were also retrieved from the waters.

Local media reports claimed the 20 in the boat are all from the same family.

The cause of the capsize is not known, but the governor of Alexandria, Mohammed el-Sharif, said the boat was being used for entertainment purposes without the necessary permits.

He added that boat was small and overcrowded, suggesting a possible cause of the capsizing.

Lake Mariout is a popular destination for cruises and picnics among people living in Alexandria, a large part of which is situated between the lake’s northern shore and the Mediterranean coast.

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