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Sudan Moves Again to Block Departure of Ethiopian Jews

Sudanese officials have called for increased vigilance in order to thwart attempts by Ethiopian Jews in Sudanese refugee camps to escape to Israel, the World Jewish Congress reported today.

According to monitoring sources of the WJC here, the official Sudanese radio last week aired demands by local officials for tighter surveillance of voluntary relief organizations working in the refugee camps, “to prevent the departure of more Falasha Jews” from camps in the Awa, Aru and Wad Sherifi areas.

The December 2 broadcast also reported that “large groups of Falasha Jews are still coming” to eastern Sudan in order to escape the devastating famine and civil war in Ethiopia.