Egyptian MPs accuse Sudan of escalating tensions

Egypt accused Khartoum of escalating tensions with Cairo over the Hala'ib Triangle. (Photo courtesy Sudan)
Updated 06 January 2018
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Egyptian MPs accuse Sudan of escalating tensions

CAIRO: Egyptian MPs have accused Khartoum of escalating tensions with Cairo and renewing Sudanese claims to a disputed border area known as the Hala’ib Triangle.
The accusation was made after Sudan on Thursday summoned its ambassador from neighboring Egypt for consultations.
“We respect the Sudanese people and their political leadership. However, this escalation (summoning the ambassador) is unjustified,” said Egyptian MP Mona Mounir.
Cairo is willing “to discuss and negotiate everything with neighboring Sudan, except what might affect Egypt’s historic share of the (Nile) water and its documented and recognized borders,” she added.
Sudan’s summoning of its ambassador and its claim to the Hala’ib Triangle “will never deter us from protecting every inch of our territory,” Mounir said.
Khartoum’s actions came days after Egypt’s Foreign Ministry rejected Sudan’s claim to the territory, and its allegations that it is under Egyptian “occupation.”
Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said the ministry will send a letter to the UN in response to Khartoum’s letter claiming that Egypt is occupying Sudanese territory. Egypt’s letter will emphasize its sovereignty over Hala’ib, he added.
In November, Sudan’s Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Ghandour said his country “will never give up Hala’ib.”
The head of Sudan’s Technical Committee for Border Demarcation (TCBD), Abdullah Al-Sadiq, on Thursday reiterated his country’s position regarding the territory.
He called for a peaceful resolution, but said the continued “Egyptian infringement” on Sudanese land would provoke Khartoum to engage in direct clashes and would be counterproductive for Cairo. “Hala’ib is Sudanese, and we will restore our sovereignty over it,” he added.
Egyptian MP Tariq Al-Khawly said Sudan’s summoning of its ambassador was aimed at escalating tensions, and was carried out in coordination with Qatar and Turkey. He added that the dispute would damage Egypt’s interests and affect its national security.


With Hodeidah airport liberated, Saudi Arabia-led coalition accuses Houthis of targeting civilians

Updated 20 June 2018
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With Hodeidah airport liberated, Saudi Arabia-led coalition accuses Houthis of targeting civilians

  • UAE commander confirms Hodeidah airport in Yemen is liberated
  • Houthis have been accused of breaking international law by targeting civilians

DUBAI: A Saudi-led Arab Coalition commander has confirmed the liberation of Yemen’s Hodeida airport in a video posted by UAE state news agency WAM.

“The airport was completely cleared, Thank God, and is under control,” the coalition commander for the Red Sea coast, Abdul Salaam Al-Shehi said speaking in Arabic in the video posted on Twitter.

 

 

Government forces broke through the airport perimeter fence on Tuesday sparking heavy fighting in which at least 33 militia and 19 soldiers were killed – according to AFP.

The offensive was launched last Wednesday to clear Hodeida of Houthi fighters who have held it since 2014, raising UN concerns for vital aid shipments and food imports through the city’s docks.

The airport is disused but housed a major militia base just inland from the coast road into the city from the south.

It lies eight kilometers from the city’s port, through which three-quarters of Yemen’s imports pass, providing a lifeline for some 22 million people dependent on aid.

UN envoy Martin Griffiths held four days of talks in the rebel-held capital Sanaa in a bid to avert an all-out battle for the city but flew out on Tuesday without announcing any breakthrough.

Meanwhile Coalition forces have accused the Iran-back Houthis of directly targeting civilians in the Tehama region, north-west of Hodeidah, in direct violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention, WAM reported.

Now the Coalition has called on the international community to put pressure on the Houthis to stop their violent and illegal acts against the Yemeni people.

These latest reports came as further evidence was presented by both the UAE and Saudi Arabia, that Iran is supplying the Houthi militia in Yemen with various forms of artillery, including drones, rockets, small arms and ammunition.

(With AFP)