Sudan crisis extension of Yemen war as Saudi-backed mercenaries return home

2023-04-25 23:11:15
Sudan crisis extension of Yemen war as Saudi-backed mercenaries return home

A senior member of Yemen’s popular Ansarullah resistance movement says the ongoing fighting between rival military factions in Sudan is the “continuation” of the Saudi-led war on Yemen.

Speaking to Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen television, Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, a member of Ansarullah’s political bureau, said those who are fighting in Sudan had previously fought in Yemen.

“The crisis in Sudan is a continuation of the crisis in Yemen. Clashes would not have happened in Sudan if the commanders of its army had not entered the war in Yemen. Those who are fighting today in Sudan had fought in Yemen before.”

Earlier this month, clashes broke out between the Sudanese army, led by General Abdel Fattah Burhan, and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF), headed by General Mohammed Hamdan Dagalo, also known as “Hemedti,” amid disagreements over the latter’s integration into the armed forces.

The fighting, which has killed hundreds and displaced thousands, has derailed an internationally backed plan for a transition to a civilian government, four years after the fall of President Omar al-Bashir and two years after a military coup.

Bukhaiti expressed dismay that the Sana’a government cannot help the Yemenis trapped in Sudan due to the problems caused by the aggression and sanctions.

Saudi Arabia, in collaboration with its Arab allies and with arms and logistics support from the US and other Western states, launched the devastating war on Yemen in March 2015. The war has killed hundreds of thousands of Yemenis and spawned the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.

Sudanese mercenaries have been fighting in the ranks of the invading coalition, which has been seeking to crush Ansarullah and reinstall a Riyadh-friendly regime in Yemen.

Recently, Saudi and Yemeni delegations engaged in talks, mediated by neighboring Oman, to end the eight-year conflict.


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