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Sudan Takes Strict Measures to Contain ‘Chaos and Sabotage’

Sudan Takes Strict Measures to Contain ‘Chaos and Sabotage’

Saturday, 4 September, 2021 - 07:00
Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. (EPA)

Sudan’s Security and Defense Council, the country’s highest security authority, met to tackle the latest developments in the country, including recent tensions between the state forces and fighters from armed factions in Khartoum.

Thursday’s meeting, which stretched late into the night, was chaired by Chairman of the Sovereign Council Abdel Fattah al-Burhan and attended by Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

The council took several firm decisions aimed at ending the “chaos and sabotage” and harm to “national security” and the country’s economy.

It also underscored the validity of official and internationally recognized documents and maps covering Sudan’s borders, given the current tensions with Ethiopia.

Defense Minister Yassin Ibrahim told the media that the council was briefed on the situation on the border and the “harmful activity” taking place along the northwestern border with Libya. The border triangle shared between Sudan, Egypt and Libya is notorious for drugs and arms smuggling, human trafficking and illegal migration.

The council also received a report on the clashes that had erupted in the Soba region south of Khartoum between the state security forces and armed groups.

Soba on Thursday was the scene of a shootout between security forces and armed factions that had signed the Juba peace agreement.

Members of the faction had taken up temporary residence at the Rahaf police complex. An order was issued for their eviction that they promptly rejected and a shootout ensued. The army and rapid support forces were forced to intervene to evict them.

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