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Arabic Media

July 12, 2023

Source:Al Rai (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)

Headline: Sudanese Immigrants Risk their Lives as They Flee to Israel

Tony Mao Tuiblis, a refugee from Darfur, sold all his belongings and got into debt in order to pay some Bedouins smugglers enough money to transport him through the Egyptian desert to Israel’s borders with Egypt where he was dreaming of a new life. Tony, who is 29 years old, sat with his hands tied behind his back at a police check point near the border with Rafah and his dreams unfulfilled. Egyptian border police has stepped up efforts to stop illegal African immigrants from sneaking into Israel after rumors spread through Cairo streets that Israel was ready to receive Darfur refugees with open arms:

  • Sinai human smugglers have been active transporting refugees from Egypt to Israel
  • Egyptian security official indicated they arrested 106 people in the month of June alone, whereas in the previous 5 months they only captured a total of 74
  • Refugee activists indicated that 390 illegal Sudanese immigrants arrived in Israel in the first 6 months of this year
  • Given the bad treatment, discrimination, and racism they face in Egypt compared to what they dream about getting in Israel, attempts to get there at any cost will only intensify

Source:Al Riyadh (Government-friendly Saudi daily with wide circulation)

Headline: Olmert and Mubarak Agreed to Return Sudanese Illegal Immigrants to Egypt

Israeli radio reported that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and President Hosni Mubarak agreed to return Sudanese illegal immigrants to Egypt after Egypt promised:

  • To protect the life and safety of these immigrants
  • Israel will also look into absorbing some Darfur refugees
  • One third of Sudanese illegal immigrants are from Darfur
  • Sudanese illegal immigrants attempting to get into Israel have increased in the past few months as they try to flee poverty and war in their country, but Israel cannot open its doors to them because Sudan is still considered an enemy to Israel

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

Headline: Darfur Crisis Awaits Difficult Compromises

By: Al Haj Muz

It is expected that the conference in Libya will call for another conference with all parties involved in Darfur crisis, but many experts believe the problem will persist if some key issues were not resolved:

  • Baath Party leader, Mohamed Ali Jadeen, believes resolving Darfur crisis requires specific compromises in order to satisfy Darfur citizens:
  • Renegotiating Abuja peace agreement
  • Reconfigure power sharing formula
  • Redefine wealth sharing formula
  • Providing justice and equality
  • Infrastructure development in the region
  • The government’s insistence on Abuja agreement makes it impossible to avoid further complications including demands of self-determination by the rebel groups

Source:Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)

Headline: UN Draft Resolution on Darfur Hybrid Force Deployment

Britain, France, and Ghana submitted a draft resolution to the Security Council allowing hybrid force deployment in Darfur for one year:

  • Force will have 19,555 soldiers
  • 3,772 policemen
  • 19 units for police training

The resolution threatens to enforce “measure” (undetermined) if the involved parties did not cooperate. The resolution called on UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon to determine how the force will be deployed and how it is going to be funded.

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