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November 18, 2009 (KHARTOUM) – The Egyptian government is dispatching special forces to Sudan to evacuate its soccer fans claiming to be targeted by Algerians in the capital, the Egyptian ambassador to Sudan said today.

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Algeria’s Rafik Saifi (L) help carry an injured Algerian soccer fan after Algeria won their 2010 World Cup qualifying playoff soccer match against Egypt in Khartoum November 18, 2009 (Reuters)

“The Egyptian soccer fans were subjects to assaults from the Algerian fans in Al-Jomhoriya street,” Afifi Abdel-Wahab told the Youth and Sports radio.

The Egyptian envoy said that he is constant contact with the authorities in Sudan while waiting for Special Forces to arrive.

Abdel-Wahab revealed that the Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak phoned the Sudanese presidency calling on them “to control the escalating situation”.

Earlier today, the Egyptian information minister Anas Al-Fiqi threatened the move if Sudanese authorities to protect its citizens.

Algeria beat Egypt 1-0 getting the last ticket to the 2010 soccer world cup held in South Africa.

The match was a special situation after Egypt and Algeria equalized in terms of points and goals requiring a decisive match on neutral ground per FIFA rules.

Historically, the soccer matches between the two countries are unique in the animosity surrounding it though analysts have disagreed on the reasons behind it.

In 1989, the Algerian soccer player Lakhdar Belloumi was accused of seriously injuring an Egyptian physician in the eye after throwing a broken bottle in his face.

The incident followed another crucial World Cup qualifying match between the two teams. Belloumi managed to get out on bail and was rushed back home where he has been unable to leave owing to an arrest warrant issued by Interpol which was rescinded only this year.

The Egyptian media today has reported widespread attacks on its soccer fans in Sudan by Algerian fans and Sudanese police alike.

However, the spokesperson of the Sudanese police speaking by phone at the ‘Cairo Today’ show Brigadier Mohamed Abdel Magid denied the reports.

Amr Adeeb, host of the popular show, interrupted Abdel Magid telling him “Sudanese police should not extend its hands on an Egyptian citizen”.

Mamdooh Ali, the Egyptian medical consultant at the embassy in Khartoum told Adeeb that he has seen few cases of minor injuries among the Egyptians suggesting that the reports were exaggerated.

But a number of Egyptian fans and artists calling from Khartoum said they are besiged trying to hide pleading over the phone for help.

Events in Sudan threaten to evolve into a diplomatic row with Egypt after officials in Cairo accused authorities of failing to protect its citizens.

On Tuesday the Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir met with both delegations’ management in a bid to defuse tensions.

But at the Sudanese presidential palace the head of Algeria’s football association publicly rejected a peaceful overture from his Egyptian counterpart, walking away from Samir Zahir who proposed to kiss him to put the troubles behind them.

Egyptian and Algerian fans flowed into Sudan with special charter flights to airlift them for the match.

The attendees included officials, ministers, actors and singers from both sides of the aisle including the personal representative of the Algerian president Abdul-Aziz Bouteflika, his brother and the two sons of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.

Westerners and U.N. staff were urged to stay well away from the stadium as 15,000 extra police kept tight control over 35,000 supporters in Khartoum’s Al Merreikh stadium.

Heavily armed security forces fired tear gas to chase away thousands of Sudanese fans waiting outside, witnesses told Reuters.

The vast majority of Sudanese appeared to rally behind Algerians, a journalistic source in Khartoum told Sudan Tribune adding that authorities informed newspapers that they will be subject to confiscation if they publish pro-Algerian articles.

“Those Egyptians are so arrogant,” Mohamed Naim Suleman, a student from Darfur told New York Times.

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  • 19 November 2009 03:13, by Aarai Baka

    Ooh woow!!! things are really getting dirty in khartuom from these two arab nations. Egypt deserved to be treated like what Algierian did. Egyptian always intimidate others players when playing in Cairo, now they smell the stink of ass.

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    • 19 November 2009 03:23, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      well to those people who always talk about violence in the south every day how about that in north now is it nuer or Dinka? death to arab and raik machar

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      • 19 November 2009 03:40, by Jeremiah Mach

        Dinka Dominated SPLA,

        You made a bold point but you tainted it at last, i aggree with your question but i disaggree with you when you wish Dr Riek death. Nobody has a monopoly of death here on earth.

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        • 19 November 2009 06:36, by Greater Equatoria

          You people(Dinka Dominated and his likes) you really some times make me to laugh when I read your comments.

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          • 19 November 2009 08:23, by Black star

            What Greater equatoria are you.You laugh when you release your poisonouse air from your anus.Stupid Equatorian.

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            • 19 November 2009 14:36, by Ladu Lomuding.

              My best do not repeat this great name Equatoria. which state can aloud such number of people to stay and occupying the land having the spirit of southernism.

              I hope every person has mouth and Anus, do u really know that? even the so called black whitemen. so Equatorians are stupid enough to aloud you realse your amonia gas in here.
              Go back to where you came if you don’t have the spirit of southernism pls.
              even I see no point here of, only Egypt dispatching troops to Sudan to evacuate soccer fans this was the topic.

              Let us try to be if we can really, yes we can "I said" what about you? try stop all these tribes making nonsense.

              we are all black and Africans what next do you want,be united that is all. war is part of life we will continue fighting the Arabs and the white cos they are agaist us, in many ways. in which we are blind now, remember money is the route of evil. our elders are now totally confuse. even you? what next then you youths in generals.

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            • 20 November 2009 07:05, by Hardlinner

              black star and your other like are surely making this board to become childish board.
              you guys needs to grow up and act responsibly when you post your messages.

              your tribal alliance would take you nowhere but rather to your grave.
              Nuer , dinka and equatorian are all descendent of one common ancestor. so why do you guys always act like inferior individuals?.

              our problem is north. we should not wish any southerner death but rather wish death to those arabs wannabes in the north. they are worse parasite that no one would need to be with(arabs wannabes).

              it right time that we young southern generation should come together and root out those uncivilize act of killing inoncent people.
              if any southern youth need to kill, just join JEM in order to fulfil your interests of killing.
              no particular southern group is better than any other southern groups.

              to those low life Dinka wannabes who act negatively against any other southerners, my message to you is that, you are not good enough to be dinka given your low IQ to act responsibly. the same apply to other southern tribes.

              every southerner deserve better life, that is message from true civilized Dinka man.
              i love every southerner whether you wish dinkas death or not.
              all tribal individuals are loosers, uncivilized, and above all illetrate.

              long live independent south. to hell with criminal Bashir and his people. to hell with low life, lazy, and monsterous southerners who kill other for the sake of looting their possessions.
              to hell with those minsters in south who not so capable of fulfilling their portfolios.
              to hell with minster of Agriculture who is not capable of modernising southern agriculture sector.
              to hell with minister of depend who does not buy surface to air missile to depend south air space in case of any out break of war with north.
              to hell with all state governors whom are not capable of providing security to their citizens. specially failing to buy helicopters which can provide movility in capturing criminals who attack, kill and loot possession of innocent people.

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        • 19 November 2009 09:29, by Tut Kun Nyuot

          Mach leave him alone he died before Riek died
          Tut

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        • 19 November 2009 16:38, by Deng Akol Agut-tungdoun

          Are you people out of you shabby minds?

          What connects the match between the two arabs countries in Omduraman and the so-called domination by the Dinkas in the South? Why are you taking this un healthy hatred so far like that? Shame on your little mothers who miss guided you for long. It is time to cheer up are Southerners not time for telling your nonesences to the public. Okay boys?

          Be bless.

          Deng Akol Agut-tungduon, a man far away from tribalism.

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      • 19 November 2009 08:22, by Abyei

        Dominated SPLA

        You are right at this points,in fa"I apologise to the teacher and to my colleagues, in particular, and to the nation in general, for all that has happened.

        "I am very sad about this situation, that I am being considered undisciplined by the Egyptina people."

        Sudanese is hosting the first nock off play between Countries for the national team since he became coach last Wednesday after a despite.

        The Fox desert and Pharhat will face FIFA governing body if the situation still be like that next year 2010 Cup before returning to Angola ahead of the Nations Cup which kicks off on 10 January.to compare to Dinka nad fucking Nuer!! I means Equatorina guys!!

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      • 19 November 2009 09:19, by Nowa Gatkuoth

        Ha ha what do you thing the military regime (SPLM) will go for. Things are now dominated by the Democratic Nuer Nation that are Dominant with in the South.

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        • 19 November 2009 10:40, by Fighter

          Am so sorry with that comment about NUER,you are so stupid with your ugliest bodies to call your selves the dominant in the South.Keep cleaning Arabs rooms in Khartoum premitives.

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      • 20 November 2009 08:56, by pow james raeth

        Dinka dominance or whatever you call your seft.

        Dr Riek will not die, the way you said it, Dr riek, pagan,wani and lam must take south to the sky be any thing happen.

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    • 19 November 2009 03:24, by Dado

      And who in the World would choose a War-Torn Nation as a "neutral" place to a game with such a importance and energy?
      The Sudanese can’t figure it out by them selfs, the separation is coming and the South is fight among each other... and they think it would be safe to be in Sudan??
      Why not South Africa, to try the new stadiums? Or even Morocco??
      This is Africa!

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    • 19 November 2009 03:53, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      Ever one enjoy the freedom of have your say which brought to you by Dinka’s blood
      death to wicked oaf evil man raik machar teny and wife lam akol no chance in hell

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    • 19 November 2009 05:28, by Firecracker

      Egyptians didn’t do squat! No algerian was killed let alone touched in egypt as their media claims...it’s those barbaric monsters who attacked the egyptians with knives and swords... even though they’re the ones who won the match! What would they have do if they lost the game?!

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  • 19 November 2009 03:26, by don dinka

    there is nothing breathtaking like a playoff in soccer, it normally allow the players to play to their last tricks but again it normally the most chaotic,controversial and sometime violent. after seeing these bitter rivals like EGP AND ALG play in my country and what they have shown just leaves me wondering what they do to people that are not Arabs. Egyptians should be kicked out of FIFA for now until they catch up with how the rest of FIFA member country do their things, I mean they are still ancient and prehistoric in how they view things. silly pheroahs.

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  • 19 November 2009 03:37, by oshay

    It was a good match, but wow, Algerians have a hot temper.

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    • 19 November 2009 03:46, by Dinka Dominated SPLA

      seem like a sex contract is over between asha mother and bahir death to them

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    • 19 November 2009 03:56, by Ajongtar

      Let Arabs sloter them slaves in Khartoum who care’s.

      Mr. Mubarak you better hurry up with your so called special police to protect your team player’s / Fans in Khartoum.
      Other wise your nephew is full of terrorist.>>>>

      Algeria 1-0 Egypt.

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      • 19 November 2009 04:34, by Allajabu

        Well, go Algerians and I wish you the best in beating shit out of Egyptains. This is the joyous day of my life to see to it that Algeria is kicking the so called Arab giant! Haha.

        Allajabu Al Dinkawi

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  • 19 November 2009 04:29, by Time1

    Egyptians should just accept defeat. Go home , no world cup for you this time hahaha

    Congratulations to Algeria

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    • 19 November 2009 05:32, by Firecracker

      That’s what they were trying to do...go home...Egyptians didn’t do squat! No Algerian was touched by an egyptian...it’s those barbaric monsters who attacked the egyptian fans with knives and swords on the way to the airports, even though they won the match! What would they have do if they lost?!

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      • 19 November 2009 05:45, by Time1

        Egyptians when you beat people in the streets of cairo you think it is fun? now you taste the same prescription from the Algerians who give you a good lesson.

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    • 19 November 2009 05:39, by Biliu

      How mature and ethical, Egyptians think they can get whatever they want by any means…accept the defeat and take it easy…. Algeria is not a foreign nation… good match from both side but the luck was on Algerian side….congratulations

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  • 19 November 2009 05:47, by Amir Ageeb

    This football!

    Thanx Algeria; thanx Egypt for the good match they performed in Khartoum. Let’s hope for the success of Algeria in the coming World Cup.

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  • 19 November 2009 06:18, by Joseph

    Congratulation Algeria, I don’t like Egyptian prayer in Stadium.

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    • 19 November 2009 06:43, by DabeJoseph Gale

      WEll done Algerians, you taugh these idiots a lession they think,they are better than other people.when they torture Algerians in Cario they though it canot be paid back no tit for tar.

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  • 19 November 2009 06:40, by silake comba

    I strongly believe that the brilliant Sudanese security organs, in the forefront the police, have successfully carried out thier task and duty in securing the MATCH in a highly professional mannar. These men need to be thanked and their efforts be appreciated. Egyptians are still treating Sudan with the colonial mentality. their were attacked in their own soil and they also attacked the Algerians in their on soil why they deliberately want to damage the reputation of the sudanese security organs and belittle their capabilities. We as Sudanese can’t accept these kind of arrogance and any kind of humiliation to our sovereignty is strongly rejected.In the same manner we call upon our trusted and experienced able men in the security organs to deal firmly and resolutely with any kind of holiganism and chaos that could damage our reputation and spoil the great deed and achievement they scored in securing the match while the Egyptians themselves failled to do that in their own country. Any Egyptian troops in Khartoum are considered as invaders.

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    • 19 November 2009 07:18, by Mohamed

      I won’t waste my time with Egypt haters. Out of your names I can tell you are all Southerns Separatists. A Northern Sudanese is a brother for Egyptians but you Africans are full of hate to your neighbor Egypt for its usual support for ONE SUDAN. All I can say is die with envy and hate. Egypt is and will remain Om Al donia whether you liked it or not. Sudan will remain our beloved close country that is full of brothers and sisters. Ama antom ya hothala, your place is the history trash where no one will remember you. Al salamo Alikom which means Peace upon you.

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      • 19 November 2009 08:20, by Otong

        To Mhamed,

        Just a point!! 90% of Sudanese how attended the match were Northerners and they did support Algerians team, because you Egyptians always treat people from north Sudan badly, by calling them black slaves, monkeys, ect.

        Even in your media and TV Sudanese always has been intimidated.
        If Egypt is Om Al donia than Sudan is Abu al Donia, which mean Sudan is your husband?

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        • 20 November 2009 00:25, by Mohamed

          I will leave you with your inferiority complex. Deal with it the way you like. I can’t waste my time arguing with people who feed their hearts with hate every day. Al salamo Alikom

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  • 19 November 2009 07:49, by Samson Shawel Ambaye

    Drive Audis

    never sell pagers

    Yemeni wild ass debts

    Paid in full by

    Iraqi wild asses

    Body counts

    hungs their sads

    Kabur wild asses making

    Artificial body parts

    for Afghan amputees

    Gaza wild assses

    Eating white phosphorous

    for their hungry stomachs

    Yemeni debts paid in fulls

    Never sell pagers

    Drive Audis

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    • 19 November 2009 09:16, by Aduol Liet

      Egypt need to quit Khatroum relationship, how come the police did not protect players.

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      • 19 November 2009 12:34, by pinyluel

        Dear writers,

        Look! there was unacceptable challenge which has been deliberately used against Sudanese authorties.How come the Sudanese authorties allowed Egypt to sent its troops to Sudan to evacuated its team?

        was it a war between two countries or it was just violence between players?

        It’s came my attention that Egypt threatened whole Sudan not north Sudan government itself.It also showed that Suanese government was’t enough acted to handle the situation.

        I think any differnces within players or sports authorties shough not involve politician but should be solved by FIFA authorties.

        Sending troops to another country with its sovereign is not simple like what Egypt did.We Southerners should not unite with northern reigon which always try to sell our sovereign with small amount.

        We must to unite ourselves as Southerners and declar our independency that will allow us freely to negotiate any situation peacfully with other countries.

        Thanks

        Pinyluel

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  • 19 November 2009 11:40, by AAMA

    The media buildup to this game was ridiculous, fueled by the Egyptian media and fully responded to by the whole country of Algeria. Many in the Egyptian media just can’t take the fact that some country in the Arab or African world is better than them. They think they are the best and then try to prove it, not the other way round like everybody else (I think they are ONE of the best, but not always and in each and every aspect of life as they think). This is understood by everybody in our area and leads people away from supporting them. In fact, I think it could have been much worse if they went to play in any other country rather than Sudan. We welcome our guests, even if we don’t like their attitudes towards us, and we treat them fairly even when we treat each other unfairly (Sudanese are very good to everybody from outside, but very bad between them).

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  • 19 November 2009 13:23, by Achuil Manyuat Tong

    Egyptian have been ralling behind Khartoum government .
    let them see how useless the are !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Arabs have never been good at all.How ever long you stay as friends.
    The can not even realise how friendly Egyptian have been in fighting the south.Even the offer to protect thier leader from arrest and yet the don’t want to support Egypt in only a football match.
    What a useless friendship!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 19 November 2009 13:41, by Akuma

    who to be blame;

    Sudanese government, Algerian or Egyptian, Sudanese should participate as the host by providing security to all the spectators whether from Algeria or Egypt, so long all the people in the stadium need calmn.

    I personally don’t understand what was the used of those 15000 policemans deployed in the stadium.

    According to Bashir as president of Sudan, he issue the statement saying that loose team may first live the stadium follow by the winner team in order to make proper security for all the spectators in the stadium, as time goes when Algeria defeat Egypt 1-0, then all the players of Egypt match out follow by the Algeria team, then all the palyers and fans of both team begin throwing stones,while sudanese policemens were just watching with their presipericalial glasses, living foreigners to fight themselves in the capital.

    Ashame, ashame, ashame Sudanese government,
    Eventhough all are Arabs nations then they should respect the country sudan. Sudan is not Arabs or muslim country anymore.

    Dr.Akuma, Chicago USA

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    • 19 November 2009 16:03, by Mohammad100

      Dear all,

      Sudan is an independent, self confident, member of AU, UN .... and the list goes on. How on the earth Egypt is dispatching it’s troops from Egypt to evacuate soccer fans in Khartoum, Sudan?
      Where is respect for the territorial integrity of an independent African Nation? I remember 1990s when we (the University of Khartoum students) visited Cairo and Alexandria. They were not nice to us, calling us names, and asking us when are we going back to Sudan "Mataa tarja’u ElSudan, ya Akhwana elsuud."!!!!!

      Asalaam Aleikum,

      Mohammad

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  • 19 November 2009 19:47, by Deng Garang Akech

    Dear readers,
    All Egyptians are our enemies at all costs.But remember they are all bad to everybody in the world,becuase of pour land with no resources as far as Nile water is concern. Algerians are better off in Northern Africa, in which we should support them throughout as friends against our enemies!

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    • 19 November 2009 22:00, by khasami

      you know how i hate these stupid egyptain.its time to algerians to show thier talent.keep going algerians.

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      • 20 November 2009 00:43, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

        Well, they seem alike in my eyes.
        Egyptian Arab,Algerian Arab; all are enemy to Black Africa. They took our Land, they disturbing African progress. Beat the enemy with enemy. might be that what were playing.
        Lord give all Arab Shit! Black Don’t give Damned Arab!.

        Let Black cool down now! Ours turn is in the corner future.
        Black so suffer around the world every day.

        Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

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        • 20 November 2009 02:20, by Pee-Funk

          I have no heart for either of Egyptian, or northern part of Sudan because they are the same Arabs and I hate them. I would like to see more violent between this two country.

          by: Mr. P-Funk

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  • 3 January 2013 00:26, by Northern Sudanese

    a reply 4 years laters...
    first of all, there were no egyptian troops that went into sudan. what is sudan? a land home to barbarians?
    secondly, Egypt was to obsessed with its defeat to Algeria that they started making up lies ect...
    Thirdly, Sudanese generally don’t hate egyptians. but because when chad was playing sudan in cairo, many egyptians supported chad, so supporting Algeria was kind

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    • 3 January 2013 00:30, by Northern Sudanese

      of like Tit for tat.
      about egyptians that hate sudanese, egypt is an extremely populated country. therefor it can have many bad people, but its like anywhere else in the world, there are good and bad people everywhere.
      Egypt & Sudan (north) are very close to each other. history , wadi al nil , culture ect...
      relations between the countries wouldn’t be destroyed by a football match lol

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