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Sudanese armed forces ready to ‘repel any threat’ from Eritrea border

File photo of Sudanese army
Sudanese army [File photo]

Deputy Chairman of the Security and Defence Committee in the Sudanese Parliament, Brigadier Ibrahim Hamad Ali Al-Toum, said that it has detected military activity in Eritrea near Sudan’s eastern border.

General Al-Toum said Sudanese armed forces are ready to monitor and repel any threat there, adding that the border area is guarded and secured.

The Sudanese President Assistant Ibrahim Mahmoud said earlier that the government has decided to close border crossings with Eritrea over “potential threats” by Egypt and Eritrea.

Sudan recently announced a state of emergency in the eastern state of Kassala, followed by the arrival of military reinforcements in the area.

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Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has denied the presence of Egyptian military reinforcements in Eritrea and described the reports as “mere fabrications” formulated by the Sudanese and Ethiopian intelligence to justify the deployment of troops on the border.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi stressed that his country was not seeking a war with Sudan and described it as a brotherly state.

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