19 (Xinhua/GNA) - Chadian President Idriss Deby has declared a three-month
state of emergency in the eastern provinces of Sila and Ouaddai, where recent
escalation of inter-communal conflict has resulted in dozens of death.
was made during a field visit of Deby to Goz Beida in Sila.
should be confirmed by an order of the defense minister.
To end the
"disastrous situation," the president ordered the deployment of
military reinforcements and the disarmament of all civilians in the area.
cause of this whole problem is the entry of illegal firearms into this part of
the country," Deby said.
security forces are now allowed to intervene more actively in the management of
the situation, rather than allowing armed conflicts to escalate, he said.
conflicts must not last, and I will personally take care of this issue,"
the head of state told the press earlier in August.
At least 109
people have been killed in recent weeks in clashes between communities in
eastern Chad, according to local news site Alwihdainfo.