The Sudanese government has barred 15 foreign aid groups from doing relief work in conflict-torn Darfur, the Sudan Tribune reports.

The local paper said Sudanese Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Abdel-Baqi Al-Gailani blocked foreign aid groups, claiming the situation in Darfur has already improved. Al-Gailani also complained that aid workers from overseas “come to work for unannounced goals.”

While facing war crimes before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, Sudanese President Omer Hassan Al-Bashir had expelled 10 foreign aid groups in 2009 for “activities that act in contradiction to all regulation and laws.”

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