CAIRO: Sudanese naval authorities have detained 105 Egyptian fishermen on board three fishing boats for allegedly trespassing in its territorial waters without permission, Youm7 reported Thursday.
“The three boats were heading to Eritrea for fishing after their captains obtained fishing permissions from the authorities in Eritrea,” head of the fishermen’s union in Egypt’s Delta governorate of Dakahlia Taha al-Sheredy told Youm7 Thursday.
He insisted that the three fishing boats were sailing in international waters, not Sudanese territorial waters.
Sheredy added that Sudanese naval forces opened fire on the boats but no casualties were reported in the shooting.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has repeatedly urged Egyptian fishermen to respect other countries’ territorial waters and called on them to obtain fishing permits in advance before entering other neighboring countries’ territorial waters in order not to risk losing their boats, paying a fine, or being arrested.