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Paramilitary Head Ready to Cooperate in Repatriation of Egyptian Troops in Sudan

April 16, 2023

The head of the Rapid Support Force (RSF) the paramilitary group at the heart of the ongoing violence in Sudan, has expressed its readiness to cooperate with Egypt in the repatriation of a number of Egyptian troops currently confirmed to be in Sudan. Since the early hours of Saturday, 15 April, Sudan has been witnessing clashes between the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and the RSF, which operated as a militia during the height of the Darfur conflict, but was recently merged with the formal military. A video surfaced on Saturday, showing Egyptian troops that had “surrendered” themselves in Merowe. In the video, a number of men attired in Egyptian army fatigues seated on the ground and speaking with members of the RSF. Other footage showed some RSF elements beside a military aircraft with Egyptian Air Force signs, claiming to have seized it in Merowe, the credibility of which Egyptian Streets is unable to verify. The Egyptian Armed Forces released a statement later in the evening, urging the “the safeguarding of the safety and security of Egyptian troops who were in Sudan to conduct joint training with their Sudanese counterparts.” Egypt’s…

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