Sudan detains hundreds of Eritreans at Egyptian border

Mon Sep 12, 2011

KHARTOUM, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Sudan detained on Monday 317 Eritreans trying to cross the border to Egypt with most of them wanting to reach Israel, Sudanese police said.

The Eritreans, among them 75 women and four children, were detained in northern Sudan 30 kilometers from the Egyptian border, a police spokesman said.

Most of them had planned to make their way through Egypt to reach Israel, he said.

Eritrea, a poor African country, lies east of Sudan. Many Eritreans work in Sudan or cross the country illegally to try to reach Europe or Israel.

(Reporting by Khaled Abdelaziz; Writing by Ulf Laessing)

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