Egyptian soldiers in Sudan to be returned ‘when situation cools down’: RSF to Al-Jazeera

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Apr 2023

The Egyptian soldiers held by the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) are “safe” and “in an excellent condition” and will be returned when the situation cools down, adviser to the RSF head Ahmed Abdeen told Al-Jazeera on Monday.

A file photo of Head of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) Hamdan Dagalo


The paramilitary group published a number of videos showing Egyptian soldiers apprehended by the RSF in Merowe north of Sudan.

Abdeen apologised for any "individual behavior" towards the soldiers.

Late on Saturday, Head of the RSF Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo, aka Hemedti, confirmed that the Egyptian soldiers were “safe and sound”, stressing that he was willing to cooperate to return them to Egypt.

Dagalo also apologised for the released videos in remarks to Sky News Arabia, and affirmed that the Egyptian soldiers have not resisted the Sudanese RSF personnel.

On Saturday, the Egyptian Armed Forces stressed the importance of "safeguarding the safety and security of Egyptian troops who were in Sudan to conduct joint training with their Sudanese counterparts."

In a statement, the Egyptian Armed Forces said it “is closely following up on the events taking place inside Sudan”.

Fighting which erupted on Saturday between the army and paramilitaries in Sudan has killed around 200 people and wounded 1,800,

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