The Sudanese authorities announced they had thwarted the smuggling of Ethiopians on the eastern border on their way to the capital, Khartoum, and from there outside Sudan, and that a human trafficking network had been arrested.
The authorities of the Sudanese state of Gedaref said that the General Intelligence Service in al-Qureisha locality carried out a qualitative security operation during which it was able to thwart the smuggling of 21 people carrying the Ethiopian nationality, twenty of whom were girls under the age of twenty, “who were on their way to Khartoum via “Al-Batana Plain, and from there to Dubai and Libya.”
The Director of the General Intelligence Service in the state, Adam Othman Muhammad, explained that during the operation, a human trafficking and human smuggling network was arrested, and the means of movement used by them were seized, in addition to an AK assault rifle.
Muhammad considered that this operation comes in the wake of restoring the powers of the General Intelligence Service, and to preserve the country’s security from existing security threats, on top of which is the spread of the unregulated foreign presence.
The head of the revolutionary Sovereignty Council, Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had recently the General Intelligence Service and other security agencies power and jurisdiction, sparking controversy and worries of the security services’ immunities contributing to them committing violations with impunity.
Sudan, with its vast outskirts, is an ideal crossing point for those who wish to cross the Mediterranean to reach Europe.
The Sudanese and other Africans fleeing from their countries have set Libya as a temporary target on their journey to the northern coast of the Mediterranean, which over the years has devoured thousands of illegal immigrants.