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A dozen Egyptian fishermen detained by Sudan

They are accused of trespassing in Sudan's waters and fishing without a permit

Ahram Online , Thursday 20 Aug 2015
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A group of fishermen from Egypt's Red Sea governorate have been detained by Sudanese authorities since Saturday for allegedly trespassing in its waters, reported Al-Ahram Arabic news website.

Sources in the city of Al-Qusayr, on the Red Sea coast, told Al-Ahram that the four Egyptian boats, carrying at least 12 fishermen, had been in the Abu Ramada region of Shalateen in Egypt's territorial waters.

The sources added that when the fishermen approached Sudanese territorial waters, the Sudanese coastguards arrested them and took them to the city of Osaif, north of Port Sudan.

The fishermen are being detained pending investigation. They are accused of illegally entering Sudanese territorial waters and of fishing there without a permit.

Back in Al-Qusayr, the families of the fishermen have demanded that the Egyptian president and foreign affairs minister intervene to secure their release.

Earlier this month, the Sudanese authorities released 101 fishermen after detaining them for four months over similar accusations of trespass.
 

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