Three former rebels linked to the Sudanese Liberation Movement hijacked a commercial Boeing 737 airliner carrying 95 passengers soon after the Sun Air flight left Nyala in Darfur, Sudan, on Tuesday. The plane first tried to stop in Cairo but was denied clearance before going on to land in Libya, according to the BBC.
Although an International Criminal Court prosecutor has accused Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir of genocide in Darfur, Bashir begs to differ and Sudan is refusing to cooperate with the court. Meanwhile, some United Nations representatives are preparing to leave Sudan as concerns build about a potential violent backlash to the charge.
A Sudan Airways passenger jet carrying around 200 people crashed while landing at the Khartoum airport late Tuesday, skidding off the runway during stormy weather, catching fire and splitting in half. Dozens of people on the craft were reported killed after earlier estimates placed the toll much higher.
Imprisoned for six years without being charged or given a trial, Al Jazeera cameraman Sami al-Haj was finally released from the U.S. Navy prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, late last week. Haj, "emaciated," according to his attorney, because of a hunger strike that began in January 2007, was taken to a hospital and later arrived home in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum.
Sudan was unimpressed by threats from the US and Britain to adopt alternative measures, including a proposed no-fly zone, to address the worsening humanitarian crisis in Darfur, where the UN estimates around 200,000 people have died Meanwhile, Khartoum continues to prevent U peacekeepers from entering the country.