The New Arab Logo

Breaking News
Sudan says detains 122 alleged fighters heading for Libya Open in fullscreen

The New Arab Staff & Agencies

Sudan says detains 122 alleged fighters heading for Libya

Mercenaries may have joined the fighting in Libya (Getty)

Date of publication: 29 June, 2020

Share this page:
  • 0

  • twitter
Sudan said Sunday it has arrested 122 of its nationals as they headed to neighbouring Libya to fight as "mercenaries", state media reported.

Sudan said Sunday it has arrested 122 of its nationals as they headed to neighbouring Libya to fight as "mercenaries", state media reported.

Libya's UN-recognised unity government has long accused Sudan of sending fighters to back military strongman Khalifa Haftar who controls much of the country's east.

Sudan, which shares a 330-kilometre (200-mile) border with southeastern Libya, denies the allegations.

State news agency SUNA on Sunday cited Brigadier Jamal Jumaa, spokesman for the Rapid Reaction Forces, saying that "joint security forces detained 122 outlaws including eight children who were heading to (fight as) mercenaries in Libya".

SUNA published a video showing dozens of youths sitting on the ground, surrounded by military vehicles carrying soldiers armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles.

It said the video was shot in Al-Junayna, the capital of West Darfur province.

Read more: Oil firm says Russian mercenaries enter
key Libya field

Sudan's Foreign Minister this week denied that Sudanese forces were involved in the conflict in Libya.

In an interview with AFP, Asma Abdalla said: "We cannot get involved in a conflict in any neighbouring country."

Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram to stay connected

The New ArabComments

Most Popular

Most Popular

    Read More