KHARTOUM: Sudan’s military today handed over five South Sudanese prisoners to the Red Cross, a witness said, as tensions rise between the two states over a failure to implement security agreements.
The handover took place at the airport in Nyala, the capital of South Darfur state, said the witness.
Sudan’s military announced last week that the prisoners would be released in a show of ‘good will.’
They were caught in the Kafindebey area, army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad said, quoted in a February 6 report by the official SUNA news agency.
It did not say when the men were captured but the area, on the undemarcated and disputed border, was reportedly the scene of fighting last May, among a series of boundary clashes between Sudan and South Sudan.