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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Al Bashir says Sudan confiscated Egyptian arms with rebels

Sudan-Egypt spat escalates again: Egypt is supplying Sudanese rebels with arms, Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir said, according to Xinhua. Al Bashir said Sudan confiscated “Egyptian armored vehicles in a recent attack by Darfur rebel movements against areas in east and north of the region.” Al Bashir said “the attacking forces set out from South Sudan and Libya, with Egyptian armored vehicles taking part. We have seized these armored vehicles and great number of military vehicles and machinery … We say with high voice that they are Egyptian armored vehicles … Egypt has never provided us with any support in 20 years of war in South Sudan.”

Egypt’s Foreign Ministry issued an official statement Tuesday denying any involvement with the Darfur rebels and stressing that Egypt “did not and will not ever interfere in any action that might destabilize neighboring Sudan or harm its people” because it respects its sovereignty.

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