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Arabic Media

July 10, 2023

Source:Al Arabiya (Saudi-Funded Arabic News Channel, a Strong Rival of Al Jazeera)

Headline: 3,000 Sudanese from the South, Darfur and Nuba Mountains Crossed into Israel Illegally

Sudanese Minister of the Interior, Zubair Bashir Taha, announced that 3,000 Sudanese citizens found refuge in Israel, and added:

  • Preliminary information about the final destination of these refugees is not yet clear: whether they want to stay in Israel or go to America or Europe has not been determined yet
  • The constitution gives every citizen the right to return
  • Anyone who returns will be prosecuted for violating the law
  • He also accused Israel of using these immigrants to tarnish the image of Sudan

Source:Asharq Al Awsat (Saudi-owned Pan-Arab daily with over 1 million in circulation)

Headline: Bush’s Envoy in Khartoum to Speed up Peace in Darfur

By: Ismail Adam

Andrew Natsios started his visit to Sudan, which comes just days after a direct attack by President Omar Al Bashir who accused him of “sabotaging peace in Darfur,” by visiting the war-torn region of Darfur. Sudanese sources indicated that Natsios will be in Sudan for 7 days to:

  • Investigate the development on the ground in Darfur
  • Assess the progress of the “peace road map”
  • Consult with various Sudanese politicians including: Silva Kiir, Ali Othman Taha, Mini Arko Minnawi, and Lam Akul

Meanwhile, Sudan’s envoy to the United Nations, Abdul Mahmoud Abdul Halim, said:

  • UN Security Council permanent members are discussing the situation in Darfur and hybrid force deployment
  • The months of July and August are critical for Darfur, as the UN Security Council will make a decision on the hybrid force and its funding and peace negotiations with Darfur rebels will start

Source:Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)

Headline: Israel: Sudanese Refugees a “Geopolitical Problem”

By: Wadee Awawdah

The Israeli government considers the increasing number of Sudanese refugees a “geopolitical burden” and plans to return most of them to Egypt. These refugees are currently housed in the middle of nowhere in detention centers in Nagev desert or and in Sedirut settlement within reach of Qassam missiles, which are launched from the Gaza Strip. Meanwhile, international and Israeli human rights organizations oppose returning the refugees to Egypt:

  • Israeli Minister of Justice Daniel Freedman calls for settling them in Israel
  • Israeli Amnesty International representative considers them political refugees

Source:Al Khaleej (UAE daily, with over 80,000 in circulation)

Headline: Al Bashir Meets with Hybrid Force Leader

Leader of hybrid force, Nigerian General Martin Luther, said that:

  • President Al Bashir lent his support to extending the mission of African Union forces in Darfur
  • The hybrid force’s task is to help bring security and stability, which will encourage economic development

And African Union spokesman in Sudan Noureddine Al Mazni said that AU envoy Salim Ahmed Salim traveled to Darfur to meet with rebel groups to encourage them to participate in peace negotiations with the government.

Read the above in Arabic.


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