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Commander: ‘EU should express gratitude to Sudanese RSF’

September 1 - 2016 KHARTOUM
Maj. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo 'Hemeti' at a press conference at the Defence Ministry in Khartoum 30 August 2016 (Suna)
Maj. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo 'Hemeti' at a press conference at the Defence Ministry in Khartoum 30 August 2016 (Suna)

The field commander of the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Maj. Gen. Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, has hit-out at the European Union (EU) for not thanking his forces for stopping illegal migrants at the Sudan-Libya border.

In a press conference at the Ministry of Defence in Khartoum on Tuesday, Dagalo, popularly known as Hemeti, said that the RSF troops, who stand under command of the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS), are fighting human trafficking from Sudan to Libya on behalf of Europe.

“Although the RSF lost many of its members and vehicles during their pursuit operations in the Libyan desert, the EU has not expressed its gratitude.”

The spokesman for the RSF, Adam Saleh, reported the killing of 25 militiamen and the injury of 315 others, along with the loss of 151 vehicles in clashes with human traffickers this year. He said that they managed to seize nine human traffickers, as well as 808 people who were travelling to Libya illegally.


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