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Saturday, January 23, 2021

Sudanese navy helicopter crashes close to Ethiopian border

The reason for the crash was not instantly clear.

Prior to now two months, Sudan’s navy has deployed troops to the border areas with Ethiopia and stated it has reclaimed territories managed by Ethiopian militias and farmers for a few years.

Ethiopian and allied regional forces have been combating Tigray regional forces since early November and assaults over the border into Sudan final month have strained ties between the neighboring nations. The Tigray combating has despatched over 60,000 Ethiopian refugees into Sudan, principally into al-Qadarif province.

No less than 5 Sudanese ladies and a baby have been killed in an assault Monday inside Sudan by Ethiopian militias, the Sudanese overseas ministry stated.

Sudan’s state-run SUNA information company reported that the helicopter crashed straight after taking off. The report stated the aircraft hit the bottom and caught fireplace.

Plane crashes usually are not unusual in Sudan, which has a poor aviation security file.

In January final yr, a navy aircraft, a Russian Antonov An-12, crashed within the restive West Darfur area, killing all 16 individuals on board, together with two ladies and two kids.

In 2003, a civilian Sudan Airways aircraft crashed right into a hillside whereas attempting to make an emergency touchdown, killing 116 individuals, together with eight foreigners. Solely a small boy survived the crash.

Wednesday’s crash got here as Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan was in al-Qadarif to examine troops stationed within the border areas, the navy stated.

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