Death toll rises in Sudan factory fire: doctors

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Members of the Sudanese civil defense forces search for victims at the scene of a fire in north Khartoum. (AFP)
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Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out. (AFP)
Updated 03 December 2019

Death toll rises in Sudan factory fire: doctors

  • The casualties were taken to several hospitals in the capital

KHARTOUM: A fire triggered by an explosion tore through a factory in the Sudanese capital on Tuesday, killing at least 26 people and injuring dozens, doctors and witnesses said.

Thick plumes of black smoke billowed into the sky after the blaze broke out at a tile manufacturing unit in an industrial zone in north Khartoum. The fire has been controlled and investigation will start soon, an Al-Arabiya correspondent said.

Police cordoned off the entire area, an AFP correspondent reported from the scene.

The casualties were taken to several hospitals in the capital, it said, urging off-duty doctors to help out. State television reported “heavy losses of life and property.”

“The explosion was loud. Several cars that were parked in the compound of the factory also caught fire,” an employee of an adjacent factory told AFP.
It was not immediately clear what had caused the explosion.


Anger at Erdogan’s ‘sea grab’ in the Mediterranean

Updated 06 December 2019

Anger at Erdogan’s ‘sea grab’ in the Mediterranean

  • Cyprus petitioned the International Court of Justice in The Hague on Thursday to safeguard its offshore mineral rights

ANKARA: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan faced growing anger on Thursday over Turkey’s “sea grab” in the Mediterranean.

Ankara signed a maritime border agreement last month with the Libyan government in Tripoli that gives Turkey control over a vast area of sea stretching from its southern coast to North Africa. The Turkish Parliament approved the deal last night.

The agreement gives Turkey lucrative rights to drill for oil and gas in areas that include the island of Crete’s territorial waters. Ankara says such islands are not entitled to territorial waters.

The deal has infuriated Greece, Cyprus and Egypt, who dismissed it as “illegal.” Cyprus petitioned the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague on Thursday to safeguard its offshore mineral rights. The ICJ has the power to issue binding decisions on countries that recognize its jurisdiction.

President Nicos Anastasiades said the island was committed to protecting its sovereign rights with every legal means possible. “Our recourse to The Hague has that very purpose,” he said.

The maritime border deal was also condemned by Khalifa Haftar, commander of the rival Libyan National Army in the eastern city of Benghazi. Haftar said the government in Tripoli had no authority to sign such an agreement, which was therefore void.