Sudan’s minister of defense dies of heart attack in South Sudan

Lt Gen Jamaleldin Omar was taking part in peace negotiations between the government and armed movements in Juba. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 25 March 2020

Sudan’s minister of defense dies of heart attack in South Sudan

  • Omar was a member of the Sovereign Council that took power under a 39-month power-sharing deal with a civilian government

KHARTOUM/JUBA: Sudan’s minister of defense, Jamaleldin Omar, died of a heart attack on Wednesday in South Sudan’s capital Juba, where he was taking part in peace talks with rebel groups, the army said.

Omar was a member of the military council that took over after toppling veteran ruler Omar Al-Bashir last year until a power sharing deal between civilians and the military to run the country for three years.

He took a leading role in peace talks that started in October to try to end a series of conflicts in Darfur, southern borderlands and other remote regions.

The talks will now be postponed and Omar’s body will be brought back to the Sudanese capital Khartoum later on Wednesday, state news agency SUNA reported.

Thousands of people have been killed in Sudan’s civil wars, including the conflict in the western Darfur region, where rebels have been fighting the government since 2003.

In January, one faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North active in the border regions of Blue Nile and South Kordofan signed a preliminary deal with the government on political and security arrangements, paving the way for a broader deal.

But a rival group has not joined the deal, and talks have continued since then.


Egypt announces death of doctor due to coronavirus 

Updated 30 March 2020

Egypt announces death of doctor due to coronavirus 

  • The doctor showed signs of improvement last night, however, he suddenly deteriorated and passed away today

CAIRO: Egypt has announced the first death of a doctor due to coronavirus in the country. 

Spokesman for the Egyptian Health Ministry Khaled Megahed confirmed the death of Dr Ahmed Al-Lawah, a professor of clinical pathology at Al-Azhar University, from Port Said Governorate, who tested positive for Covid-19. 

Megahed said that as soon as it was reported that Lawah’s status was critical and positive for coronavirus, he was transferred to El Tadamon Specialized Hospital in Port Said.

The reception room in the emergency department was equipped with a respirator and ready to receive the physicist, the spokesman said. 

After his condition stabilized, Lawah was transferred to an isolation hospital. 

Lawah showed signs of improvement last night, however, he suddenly deteriorated and passed away today, the statement said.