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Arabic Media

November 28 , 2007

Source: Al Rai (Government-friendly, Jordanian daily enjoys wide circulation)
Headline: China “Extremely Worried” about Safety of Its Troops in Darfur

  • Chinese ambassador to Khartoum expressed “extreme worry” about his troops’ safety in Darfur after rebels threatened them legitimate targets
  • Rebels groups issued these threats because of China’s close relations with Khartoum government
  • But, the Chinese diplomat explained that his country’s participation in the peacekeeping mission a clear indication of its constructive role in resolving the crisis
  • He rejected the rebels’ criticism and threats and called on AU and UN officials to provide protection for his troops

Source: Al Jazeera (Leading Arabic News Channel, headquartered in Qatar)
Headline: Sirte Peace Agreement Lasted just One Month and Chad Accuses Sudan of Supporting Chadian Rebels

  • Chadian officials – head of intelligence services and minister of information – accused Khartoum government of arming Chadian rebels and allowing them to use its territory as a staging area in violation of a peace agreement between the two countries
  • Chadian officials and rebels claimed victory after clashes that killed hundreds and destroyed tens of equipment on both sides.  News footage showed the battle area littered with bodies and destroyed equipment.  There is no independent confirmation of which side won the battle
  • Two rebel groups – Union of Forces for Democracy and Development, and Assembly of Forces for Change – ended the truce with Chadian government because of slow pace of peace agreement implementation
  • These clashes threatened European peacekeeping force deployment in eastern Chad.  European forces would protect humanitarian aid operations in eastern Chad and north of the Republic of Central Africa
  • Aid workers accused Chadian government and rebels groups of recruiting children soldiers

Source: Okaz (Saudi-owned daily with strong circulation)
Headline: Khartoum Interrogates British Teacher for Insulting Prophet Mohamed

  • Sudanese police official announced start of British teacher’s interrogation
  • Sudanese Legal experts indicate that if convicted, Gillian Gibbons could face up to 40 lashes and six months of jail, or be fined
  • Gillian was arrested following complaints by parents that she allowed her students to name a teddy bear “Mohamed,” the Prophet’s name

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