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Sudan declares popular mobilization on Eritrean border


RSF fighters deployed in Kassala State on Thursday 4 January 2018 (ST Photo)
January 8, 2018 (KHARTOUM) - Sudan’s eastern state of Kassala on Monday has formed a higher committee for popular mobilization hours after its governor announced the closure of borders with Eritrea.

The Sudanese President Omer al-Bashir last week issued a decree imposing a six-month state of emergency in North Kordofan and Kassala states.

The government said the decision was prompted by security reasons pertaining to the collection of illicit arms as well as combating drugs and human trafficking.

On Saturday, Sudan shut down its border with Eritrea following deployment of thousands of the government militia Rapid Support Forces (RSF) fighters to Kassala.

The official news agency SUNA on Monday said the paramilitary Popular Defence Forces (PDF) has made a proposal to set up a mobilization committee in Kassala.

According to the agency, the governor of Kassala State has approved the proposal and instructed to form a higher mobilization committee under his auspices.

The committee will be chaired by the Minister of Education and a representative from the PDF would serve as a rapporteur.

The PDF fought along the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) during the two-decade civil war with South Sudan and many analysts believe that it is the military arm of the ruling National Congress Party (NCP).

The Qatar-based Al-Jazeera satellite television recently reported that Egypt has sent reinforcements to a military base in the Berbera port of Eritrea.

Ethiopia had previously accused some Egyptians and the government in Eritrea of providing support to Ethiopian opposition groups to disrupt construction of the multi-billion dollar power project and to destabilise the nation.


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  • 9 January 05:10, by Mayendit

    Amazing to hear, the Northern Sudanese government are generating war against Egyptian people. The Sudan’s government have been invited Ethiopian PM, to speak in front of Sudanese Army just to shown that, they are united against Egyptian’s government and its people. I think Egyptian government is going to invaded Sudan for sure and hand it to South Sudanese so that, our friendship continues.

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  • 9 January 05:23, by Mayendit

    Sudanese government are joking, closing Eritrea’s border and mobilizing youths to takes guns wouldn’t help the regime in Khartoum remember one thing. Egypt is a middle power in Africa and they have a strong Military equipped than Ethiopia and Sudan. They can send 50 jets fighters to invaded the whole Sudan and send another 80 jets fighters to Ethiopia belief me. Please keep generated until doom.

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    • 9 January 21:39, by Khent


      I’m sorry but Egypt is actually the aggressor here; Egypt is trying to prevent other African countries from making use of their own water resources. How and why could you support Egypt against Ethiopia’s right to develop? Ethiopia has a moral obligation to feed its population and provide them with power...

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      • 9 January 21:52, by Khent

        ..And that’s precisely what Juba should have achieved for us; instead, the murderous thieves in Juba stole at least $18 billion since 2005. Your anger and ire should be directed at Juba. We could have had 6,000 megawatts from a hydroelectric dam if Juba used $6 billion of the stolen $18 billion dollars. We have no electricity as a result of greed and corruption...

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        • 9 January 21:59, by Khent

          ..Let’s not worry about what’s happening in other countries, especially when we’re in the midst of a terrible war that has claimed at least 50, 000 lives. *Our* war has displaced millions and plunged millions more into food insecurity and famine. Juba is one of the most uncaring ’governments’ on earth. They all deserve to die.

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  • 9 January 07:58, by James

    The regime in Khartoum is facilitating its end, leave alone Egypt, can the Sudanese soldiers with their big stomach and slippers really confront the Eritrean army?

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  • 9 January 08:01, by James

    This author is a confused one. is the Berbera port in Eritrea or Somalia?

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