Somalia Bans Citizens From Traveling to Sudan After 200 Deaths


Somalia has prohibited its citizens from traveling to Sudan, a popular passage for undocumented immigrants from the Horn of African nation headed for Italy, after the drowning of hundreds of Somali immigrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

Two hundred Somalis died on Sunday when their boat capsized en route to Italy from Egypt, according to Somali Minister for Information Mohamed Abdi Hayir.

“The department of immigration has confirmed that most of the Somali citizens who perished in the Mediterranean Sea had gone through Sudan to reach Europe,” the head of Somalia’s immigration and naturalization department, Abdullahi Gafow Mohamud, told reporters Tuesday in the capital, Mogadishu. “No ordinary Somali is allowed to travel to Sudan effective today except on diplomatic missions.”


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