Sudan investigating weapons flown in from Ethiopia -state news agency

Sudan investigating weapons flown in from Ethiopia -state news agency

KHARTOUM (Reuters) – Sudanese authorities have seized a cargo of 72 boxes of weapons that arrived by air from Ethiopia and that they suspect were destined for use in “crimes against the state”, Sudan’s state news agency, SUNA, reported on Sunday.

The shipment is being investigated by a committee tasked with dismantling the government of former President Omar al-Bashir, who was toppled in April 2019 after a popular uprising.

The weapons had arrived in Ethiopia from Moscow in May 2019, the committee found.

The intended recipient of the weapons was unclear but the committee did not rule out that they were meant for former Bashir government loyalists who Sudanese authorities accuse of trying to undermine the country’s fragile transition towards democracy, according to SUNA.

The boxes included weapons and night-vision goggles and arrived on a commercial flight on Saturday night, SUNA reported, without giving further details.

The committee pointed “to suspicions that these weapons were intended to be used in crimes against the state, impeding the democratic transition and preventing the transition to the civil state”, SUNA reported.

Dina Mufti, spokesperson for the Ethiopian Foreign Affairs Ministry, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Tensions between Sudan and Ethiopia have been running high due to a spillover of the conflict https://www.reuters.com/article/ethiopia-conflict-sudan-analysis-int-idUSKBN28S1X1 in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region and Ethiopia’s construction of a giant hydropower dam https://www.reuters.com/world/africa/ethiopias-giant-nile-dam-2021-07-08 on the Blue Nile.

The Tigray conflict has sent tens of thousands of refugees into eastern Sudan and triggered military skirmishes in an area of contested farmland along the border between the two countries.

(Reporting by Khalid Abdelaziz; Writing by Aidan Lewis; Editing by Peter Cooney)


Ethiopia Sudan – Humera Western Tigray


Well, they will surely launch some viscerally vented out smear-campaigns against CNN & The Telegraph for publishing these investigative reports. But journalists who undertook and published these investigative reports should be offended only if they didn’t read the following lines from the 1965 book by the American sociologist, the late Donald Levin, titled “Wax and Gold”. According to his own accounts, Professor Donald Levin lived among the semi-urban and rural Amhara for years before he wrote that book.
 
I quote:
 
“If the Amhara is by disposition inclined to bestow insults, he is still readier to take offense at the slightest hint of one directed at him. The Amhara is a master at deception. With straight face and convincing manner, he will relate the most preposterous fictions.”
I Hope that Facebook won’t block me for “hate speech” here, as this comment is essentially a quote of an “Ethiopianist scholar” that has nothing to do with “hate” anyway.