The difficult economic situation in Gambia, and the recent closure of the border with Senegal has further deepen the socio-political crisis in the country.
Activists and main opposition party members, who were demonstrating for the release of their detained members have also been arrested an for illegal gathering.
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It is less than seven months to the country’s presidential election, the opposition parties have called for constitutional reforms.
Gambia is currently going through a period of economic difficulties and a relative diplomatic isolation, detractors have blamed president Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power since 24 years for the crisis in the country.
Gambian security forces had arrested at least three Senegalese environmental ministry officials last month near the border village of Niaming.
The officials were carrying out an environmental survey on managing resources along their porous border when they were arrested.
Gambia had accused Senegal of harboring its enemies, activists, politicians and coup plotters who have escaped the wrath of president Jammeh.
At least two former allies of the iron fist ruler have been kidnapped in Senegal.