More fighting erupts in Sudan’s Darfur region
(Reuters) New fighting erupted between Arab tribes in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region, tribal leaders said on Saturday, threatening to displace more people after clashes last month killed more than 100 and forced around 130,000 to flee. Law and order has collapsed in swathes of the arid western region since mainly non-Arab tribes revolted against the Arab government in Khartoum in 2003, accusing it of neglect. On Saturday, a Bani Hussein leader said Rizeigat fighters attacked El Sireaf in North Darfur from three fronts, killing 53 people and wounding 83. Fighting had started on Thursday, breaking a ceasefire mediated by tribal leaders in January. “The attack lasted for several hours,” the tribal leader said, asking not to be named. “Then the army arrived and helped repulse the attack but until now no medical aid has arrived to treat our wounded.”
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17 Sudanese soldiers killed in eastern Jebel Marra, Darfur rebels
(Sudan Tribune) A Darfur rebel group claimed killing 17 soldiers of the Sudanese army in clashes that took place in eastern Jebel Marra on Saturday. The Sudan Liberation Movement-Juba Unity (SLM-Juba) led by Ahmed Abdel-Shafi said it had repelled an attack by the Sudanese army five kilometers outside Al-Aradeeb Al-Ashara in North Darfur on Saturday 7.30 am. Abdel Shafi said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune they intercepted a Sudanese army force composed of 17 vehicles that was heading to the positions of his group to free six prisoners of war they had captured on 17 February. In 2010 Abdel Shafi joined the former rebel Liberation and Justice Movement which signed the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur (DDPD) in July 2011. But he defected from the group several months letter when he left to Washington in November of the same year.
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N. Darfur town Al-Sref remains under ‘state of siege’, no clashes
(Radio Dabanga) Roads leading to Al-Sref Beni Hussein town in North Darfur remain closed, placing the town under a continuous “state of siege” since tribal clashes broke out in the vicinity in the beginning of January, local sources say. Citizens are complaining about a lack of medicines as a result, and they are trying to find ways for the ambulance to transport the wounded to nearby hospitals, Radio Dabanga has learned on Friday. Civilians are urging organizations to save those stranded in Al-Sref Beni Hussein city and the others caught up in the fresh clashes between the Abbala and Beni Hussein tribes near the town.
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S. Sudan optimistic of Kiir-Bashir meeting at AU summit
(Sudan Tribune) South Sudanese president Salva Kiir Mayardit may hold discussions over post secession issues with his Sudanese counterpart, Omer Ahmed Hassan Al Bashir, on the sideline of the upcoming African Union (AU) summit in Ethiopia, according to the information minister, Barnaba Marial. Marial said president Kiir had received an invitation to attend the AU heads of state summit due to be held in March in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. However, Omer Sid Ahmed, a press adviser at the Sudanese president early this told the Akhir Lahza daily that his country had not been notified by the African Union mediators on such any summit between the two leaders.
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Turkish Prime Minister to visit Sudan
(Sudanese Radio and TV) The Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan will pay a visit to Sudan in April. During his visit he will inaugurate the Turkish hospital in Neyala at a cost of 100 million dollars. On the other hand, the Deputy Prime Minister in Turkey Bekir Bozda arrived in Khartoum on Saturday heading a delegation including the Turkish Minister of Development Cevdet Ylmaz, the Director of The Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA) and a number of officials on a two-day official visit to Sudan. The Director of the Middle East and Africa’s Department at TIKA, Anwer Mohamed Araba has announced that the visit comes within the framework of supporting the bilateral relations.
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FAO Partners Sudan, Egypt over Control of Locust Invasion
(Sudan Vision) The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is working in partnership with the Egyptian and Sudanese governments to control the latest threat from desert locusts. Sudanese official Radio Omdurman has been reporting over the weekend that swarms of desert locusts, coming from Egypt, Sudan’s northern neighbors, have attacked northern Sudan, eating up wheat, the stable food for central and northern Sudan, with officials saying at least five insecticide spraying planes have been engaged in combating the advance of the green-cover avid insects. The radio also said dozens of trucks mounted with pesticide spraying equipment have been sent to the region. In a press release received Friday by PANA, the FAO described the current invasion of the desert locusts as that of a ‘threat’, a degree short of the catastrophic stage.
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KLM to stop its flight operation to Sudan as of next month
(Nazret) KLM-Air France is going to stop its flight operation to Ethiopia as of next month. KLM has been operating to Addis Ababa from its hub in Amsterdam since 2006. KLM has been operating three weekly flights between Amsterdam and Addis Ababa with a stop-over in Khartoum. Mr. Dick Van Nieuwenhuyzen, country manager Ethiopia and Sudan, told The Reporter that the airline decided to stop its operation because of economic reasons. “Partially it is because of the global economic crisis. The number of passengers has dwindled because of the stiff competition. And the operational cost has increased due to the escalating price of fuel. So we had to make a commercial decision,” Mr. Dick said in a telephone interview. “Our operation on the Ethiopian route is no more profitable.”
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