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Central Darfur: government and security forces held responsible for deaths of unarmed students 

September 2 – 2021 ZALINGEI, The University of Zalingei in Central Darfur decided to suspend studies for an indefinite period of at least four days after the bloody events that took place in the university on Tuesday, in which unarmed students were killed as regular armed forces used live ammunition to crack down on a protest. Various organisations hold the government and the state’s security committee responsible for the events.

The university announced the suspension of studies yesterday and the measure went into effect immediately.

Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that the situation in Zalingei was one of a ‘cautious calm’ yesterday after the student protests. 17 students were injured, including 5 injuries with live ammunition, and two students died as regular forces used heavy firearms to disperse protesters.

The students from Zalingei University protested in front of the former UNAMID team site because authorities had not fulfilled their promise to open the eastern gate of the site after its official handover to the university.

The sources said that the town is now witnessing a heavy deployment of regular forces, with a curfew and a state of emergency in force. They explained that three students with severe gunshot wounds were taken to Nyala Hospital for treatment, while the others remained in Zalingei Hospital.


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