Sudan Arrests 115 Eritrean Ethiopian Migrants Crossing to Libya

Sudan Arrests 115 Eritrean Ethiopian Migrants Crossing to Libya


Sudan’s Security Forces Abort Smuggling of 115 Illegal Immigrants


KHARTOUM, Jan. 8 (Xinhua) — Sudan’s Rapid Support Forces (RSF) announced on Sunday the abortion of an operation attempting to smuggle 115 illegal immigrants via human trafficking groups at the border triangle between Sudan, Egypt and Libya.


Sudan’s RSF, which belongs to the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS), said “we managed to abort a smuggling operation of 115 illegal immigrants, most of them Somalis, Ethiopians and Eritreans.”


RSF Commander General Mohamed Hamdan Hametti told reporters on Sunday that the illegal immigrants were headed toward Libya and then to European countries.


He explained that the illegal immigrants would be handed over to Sudanese Police forces in order to finalize the investigation after which they will be deported back to their countries.


Sudan has witnessed an increase in organized groups’ activities in the human trafficking and illegal immigration fields.


In October 2014, Sudan hosted an international conference on combating human trafficking and illegal immigration which included the participation of African and European countries.


Khartoum said it is maintaining high-level coordination with Ethiopia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Egypt, Libya and Tunisia from Africa as well as Italy, Spain, France and Britain to face the phenomenon.


Sudan is considered one of the thoroughfares for human trafficking and illegal immigration.


European countries had previously vowed to support Sudan in combating human trafficking after Khartoum asked for logistical air and maritime support to pursue the multi-national human smugglers.