Djibouti alleges Eritrean incursion.
6/20/2008 4:35:01 PM
Djibouti has accused neighbouring Eritrea of illegally intruding in·trude
v. in·trud·ed, in·trud·ing, in·trudes
1. To put or force in inappropriately, especially without invitation, fitness, or permission: into its territory.
Mahmoud Ali Youssef, the Djiboutian foreign minister, told Al Jazeera This article is about the TV network and channel. For other uses, see Jazira.
Al Jazeera (Arabic: الجزيرة, al-ğazīrä on Friday that Eritrean troops crossed the border on the Bab Bab: see Babism. Al Mandeb Strait strait (strat) a narrow passage.
straits of pelvis the pelvic inlet(superior pelvic s.) and pelvic outlet(inferior pelvic s.) .
n. and took control of Djiboutian land.
Youssef said: "Eritrean troops entered Djiboutian territory and took more land.
"Right now, Eritrean troops are stationed inside Djiboutian territories."
The Bab Al Mandeb Strait south of the Red Sea is a key navigation route and the subject of a border dispute between the two countries.
Youssef continued: "The UN Security Council has asked for both countries to withdraw their troops from this area.
"The Djiboutian government has withdrawn its forces up to 5km inside the Djiboutian land. But Eritrean forces have advanced."
The Bab Al Mandab Strait is a strategic passage separating the Arabian Peninsula Arabian Peninsula
Peninsular region, southwest Asia. With its offshore islands, it covers about 1 million sq mi (2.6 million sq km). Constituent countries are Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and, the largest, Saudi Arabia. from East Africa. It is a key trade and oil route linking Europe to the east.
Eritrea denies its troops have crossed the border.
But Youssef showed Al Jazeera documents, pictures and maps that have been submitted to the UN.
According to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. him, these show the trenches dug by Eritrean troops on Djiboutian land.
Last week troops of the two countries clashed.
Some analysts think Eritrea has already claimed the Bab Al Mandab Strait.
Mahmoud Taha Not to be confused with Mahmoud Mohamed Taha.
Mahmoud Taha (Arabic: محمود طه ) (born 1942) is a Jordanian artist, potter and ceramicist who is credited for improving the writing and calligraphy skills of many students in Jordanian Towkal, a political analyst, said: "There is a new reality. Under recent developments, the Bab Al Mandeb Strait is no longer under the control of Djibouti and Yemen.
"It is now controlled by three countries: Djibouti, Eritrea and Yemen. It is no longer under the control of the Arab countries."
Both the US and France have military bases in Djibouti. France also has a mutual defence accord with its former colony and supplies it with intelligence.
Observers say this may deter a widespread conflict.
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