KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has closed its border with Eritrea a week after Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir announced a six-month state of emergency in the regions of Kassala and North Kurdufan, state news agency SUNA said on Saturday.
SUNA did not provide reasons for the border closure.
Last week’s decree was part of ongoing disarmament campaigns against traffickers that started near Darfur and Blue Nile in October.
“Kassala governor, Adam Gemaa Adam, issued a decree ordering the closure of all border crossings with the state of Eritrea, based on the presidential decree ... that declared the state of emergency in the state of Kassala,” SUNA said.
Three Kassala residents told Reuters that troops had been deployed near the border. The military spokesman couldn’t be reached for comment.
The decision was effective on Friday evening, the agency added.
Reporting by Mostafa Hashem and Khaled Abdelaziz; Editing by Mark Potter
KHARTOUM: Sudan has shut its eastern border with Eritrea, state media reported Saturday, days after Khartoum declared an emergency in the neighboring state of Kasala.
“The governor of Kasala issued a decree to close all border crossings with Eritrea from the night of January 5,” the official SUNA news agency reported.
It did not explain why the border was closed but said the decision comes after President Omar Al-Bashir declared on December 30 a state of emergency in Kasala and in North Kordofan state for six months.
Officials have said that decision was part of a government campaign to collect illegal arms in those two states.
A resident of Kasala told AFP that hundreds of Sudanese soldiers, several military vehicles and tanks had crossed through the town toward the border with Eritrea over the past two days.
Thousands of Eritreans, fleeing a repressive regime at home, cross into Sudan illegally through the border with Kasala every year and later make perilous voyages across the Mediterranean to Europe.
Apart from Kasala and North Kordofan, a state of emergency is in place in Sudan’s war-torn regions of Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan.