Malakal airport closed by deadly fighting re-opens in Sudan

Malakal airport in Sudan's Upper Nile state which was closed at the end of last week following a number of deadly clashes between Northern and Southern Sudanese soldiers has been reopened.

Malakal airport

Malakal airport

Fifty-four soldiers were killed and another 85 wounded in the clashes within the joint north and south Sudan force which was created under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement.

Martin Nesirky, the spokesman for the United Nations Secretary-General says the situation in Malakal is relatively calm and the Sudan People’s Liberation Army has deployed troops into the town.

“The Department of Peacekeeping Operations has confirmed that all movement restrictions at the Malakal airport in Sudan have been lifted and it is now open for regular traffic. The airport was closed following a number of deadly clashes in Malakal, which is in Sudan’s Upper Nile State, between February 3rd and February 5th. The clashes took place within the Joint Integrated Units made up of Northern and Southern Sudanese soldiers.”

UN Peacekeepers have positioned armoured personnel carriers and are patrolling the area, reinforced by additional soldiers.

The United Nations is urging the parties to remain calm and exercise caution.

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