Sudan Army Sends Reinforcements to Border with Ethiopia after 3 Merchants Kidnapped

Sudanese security officers patrol the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan (Reuters Photo)
Sudanese security officers patrol the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan (Reuters Photo)
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Sudan Army Sends Reinforcements to Border with Ethiopia after 3 Merchants Kidnapped

Sudanese security officers patrol the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan (Reuters Photo)
Sudanese security officers patrol the Fashaga camp on the Sudan-Ethiopia border, in Kassala state, Sudan (Reuters Photo)

Sudanese protesters closed the Gallabat land border crossing with Ethiopia after three merchants were kidnapped by a militia, demanding their immediate release as the national army deployed reinforcements to the area.

Sudan's eastern border has been witnessing tensions between the Sudanese and Ethiopian armies since December after Khartoum took back control of al-Fashaga area.

On Saturday, the Ethiopian ‘Shifta’ militia infiltrated the Sudanese border at a depth of seven km and kidnapped three merchants, prompting the Sudanese army to send additional military reinforcements to the area.

Since losing control over the fertile Fashaga region, the militia, backed by the Ethiopian Federal Army, has kidnapped a number of Sudanese citizens, aiming to seize their lands and farms or request ransom.

The "Sudan Tribune" daily said angry protesters staged on Sunday a sit-in in the Basunda area, in the eastern al-Qadarif state, forcing the closure of the nearby Gallabat crossing and the roads taken by border merchants.

According to the newspaper, the kidnapping took place amid heavy shooting at the merchants who were on motorcycles in the area.

The militias demanded a ransom of SDG5 million (about $16,000) for the release of the abductees, while the Sudanese authorities pushed military reinforcements to the state immediately after the incident.



Lebanon: Israeli Strike in Tyr Kills Two Women, Injures 19

Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
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Lebanon: Israeli Strike in Tyr Kills Two Women, Injures 19

Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)
Border fence between Lebanon and Israel (AFP)

In the early hours of Friday, an Israeli strike on a building east of the port city of Tyr left two civilian women dead and more than a dozen wounded, many of them children, according to two Lebanese security sources.
Asked about the incident, the Israeli military said it was looking into it.
Lebanon’s An-Nahar newspaper named the victims, noting that one of the women was a paramedic of Al Risala Association for Health Care.
"Israeli media said the strike was an assassination mission", the newspaper quoted sources close to Hezbollah as saying.
The victims and the injured were civilians, added the sources, noting that rescue operations continue to pull survivors from under the rubble.
Hezbollah said in a statement earlier that it had fired volleys of Katyusha and Falaq rockets at six Israeli military locations. Its Al-Manar television reported more than 100 rockets fired at once.