Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Further reports of Eritrean troops in East Sudan

I have been redirected towards another article (in AlNahda) written in Arabic which reports, as Adoulis did mid-October, that Eritrean troops have been deployed in Eastern Sudan, armed and remain posted there. I am copying part of the article here translated in English. The online paper Al Nahda is not always reliable because it tends to quote without naming its sources, relying on word of mouth only. It also spoils its analysis by leaning towards the dramatic. That said, it is Eritreans themselves, those who are settled in East Sudan, who are alerting their relatives and so it is only via word of mouth at the moment that this information is traveling. According to this article in AlNahda, Sudan is looking to resolve the situation via diplomatic means and is hushing up media agencies.

Southern Sudan is set to hold a referendum on 9 January 2011 to choose whether it wants to remain part of Sudan or separate.

Alnahda article is HERE.

The report says:

"I have received information from the same brothers a few days ago, and they reported that the planned military offensive had already begun. The Eritrean regime's army has moved deep in Sudanese territory, toward Khor Baraka and the mountains of Arerb. Last week the military forces extended into the area of Jmbekta where Rashaida [ethnic group] are located. The aggressor entered the area armed [...] Another group of the invading forces entered Khor Baraka where the Bbai [ethnic group in Sudan] are located."

It is believed that Eritrean troops are still
in position now.

What is happening?

Eritrean troops in Sudan

Adoulis has reported that Eritrean troops have moved into Eastern Sudan over taking land: here is the report in Arabic from . See English translation below. No international news agencies have reported this nor have the Sudanese. Eastern Sudan is where the majority of Eritrean refugees in Sudan are located.


إعتداء إرتري على الأراضي السودانية

المصدر : موقع الإصلاح
في تطور خطير للأوضاع أفادت مصادر مطلعة بأن قوات إرترية إعتدت على آراضي سودانية بمنطقة (الكرتيب) الواقعة الى الشمال الشرقي لمدينة ود الحليو

وإستولت على مشروعات زراعية تابعة لمزارعين سودانيين كما قامت بفتح معسكرين عسكريين تنتشر فيهما قوات عسكرية كان ذلك في يوم16/10/2010م ،الجدير بالذكر أن هذه المواقع كانت محل نزاع سابق إلا أن السلطات الإرترية قد أعلنت التخلي عنها وسلمتها الى أصحابها ،وفي ذات السياق قامت السلطات الأرترية في شهر يونيو الماضي بإعتقال أحد أفراد ألأمن السوداني العاملين في المنطقة واصطحبته الى مدينة أم حجر الأرترية وأطلقت سراحه بعد ملاحقة سودانية الجدير بالذكر أن الحكومة الأرترية قد أعطت عهودا ومواثيق مغلظة للسودان على ان لا يحصل منها أي خرق أمني بالحدود.


Eritrean Attach on Sudanese Border

In a serious development of the situation informed sources said that Eritrean forces assaulted the territory of Sudanese region of Alkurtib located to the north east of the city Wad Heleo.

The forces took possession of the agricultural projects belonging to Sudanese farmers and also have opened two camps and deployed two military forces. This was that on 10.16.2010,. It is worth mentioning that these sites were the subject of a previous dispute, but the Eritrean authorities had declared them abandoned and had handed them over to their owners. In the same context, in June, the Eritrean authorities arrested members of a Sudanese security personnel in the region and took them to the town of Om Hajer. They had released them after Sudan had complained. The Eritrean government had given assurances to Sudan that it would not tresspass (would not cross the borders).