On January 3, Sudanese Justice Minister Nasr Abdul Barry nearly died in a military plane-an-12 crash near the country's western city of Geneina, Russian satellite network reported, citing Sudanese media. He left the plane on business a few minutes before the plane took off.
On the night of January 2, a military aircraft, An-12, crashed five minutes after taking off from the city airport of Geneina in Western Darfur. The Sudanese military said 18 people were killed in the accident, including seven crew members, three judges and eight civilians, including four children.
The Sudanese Tribune reported that \"the Minister of Justice, who was a member of the Government delegation in El Geneina, should have returned to Khartoum and left the plane a few minutes before taking off.\"
A week ago, this tragic accident occurred in the context of clashes between local Arab and African tribes near El Geneina. At least 48 people were killed and 241 injured in the armed confrontation, including some 20 in critical condition, according to the ICRC office. The Khartoum Government mission, which arrived in El Geneina on 2 January, was mandated to eliminate the conflict and provide humanitarian assistance, and may also plan to use the aircraft to deliver the injured to the capital.