Sudan forces seize large weapons haul near Ethiopia

Mortar rounds and assault weapons seized in Kassala state as fighting rages in neighbouring Ethiopia.

Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces soldiers confiscated the weapons near the border with Ethiopia [Umit Bektas/Reuters]
Paramilitary Rapid Support Forces soldiers confiscated the weapons near the border with Ethiopia [Umit Bektas/Reuters]

Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) have seized significant amounts of weapons, ammunition and military equipment on its eastern border with Ethiopia.

The RSF made the announcement on Saturday of the seizure in Kassala state, the official SUNA news agency reported.

The seized weapons included a number of mortar rounds and assault weapons, said the report.

“The weapons were seized as part of the operations carried out by the security forces these days on the border line in anticipation of any security threat,” it said.

The RSF did not specify the threat to security. However, fighting has raged for three weeks in neighbouring Ethiopia between federal troops and forces of the northern Tigray region.

An estimated 40,000 Tigrayan refugees have fled Ethiopia into Sudan overwhelming local authorities with the UN warning of a humanitarian disaster.

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced the end of military operations in Tigray on Saturday after the army said it was in “full control” of the regional capital, Mekelle.

But hours later, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) said the heavily armed Tigrayan forces would keep fighting the federal government. Some experts have warned of a drawn-out conflict that could destabilise the wider Horn of Africa region.

Source: Al Jazeera

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