UAE’s Humanitarian Aid & Arms shipments Fuels Sudan War

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The United Arab Emirates’ ambitions in North Africa have been nothing but vicious. The Emirates is slowly spreading its wings into Sudan, Chad, and allegedly Niger. On 2 June, a cargo plane landed at Entebbe airport in Uganda. The aircraft’s manifest said the flight was carrying humanitarian aid But, Ugandan officials said the dozens of plastic crates were instead carrying ammunition, assault rifles and other small weapons to support Dagalo. The UAE’s increased activity in North Africa raises concerns over the Emirati agenda.

ABU DHABI AUGUST 17: The United Arab Emirates’ ambitions in North Africa have been nothing but vicious. After making Egypt its pawn and destructing Libya with a war, the Emirates is slowly spreading its wings into Sudan, Chad, and allegedly Niger.

In April 2023, the Sudan war started between Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo and Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. The UAE allied with Dagalo, who was leading the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). The Emirates’ interests in Sudan included its strategic location on the Red Sea, a stake in planned $6bn port on the Red Sea, access to the Nile River, and vast gold reserves.

However, there were reports about the UAE sending aid to Sudan. On 2 June, a cargo plane landed at Entebbe airport in Uganda. The aircraft’s manifest said the flight was carrying humanitarian aid But, Ugandan officials said the dozens of plastic crates were instead carrying ammunition, assault rifles and other small weapons to support Dagalo.

“The UAE’s increased activity in North Africa raises concerns over the Emirati agenda”

The officials said the UAE’s secret weapons shipments were fuelling the Sudan war, which has killed over 3,900 people and engulfed the country into a humanitarian catastrophe. Ugandan officials were ordered by superiors to not inspect the Emirati planes or take any pictures.

Dozens more flights from the UAE landed in Uganda. As per the sources, the U.S. had been aware of the UAE’s covert arms deliveries to RSF, and had addressed it’s concerns to the Abu Dhabi authorities. The UAE said its 2 June flight was carrying aid for Sudanese refugees, more than 300,000 of which have fled into Chad.

The Emirati aircraft carrying arms was to actually continue its trip to Chad. Trucks loaded with the Emirati arms in Chad left for Sudan’s Al-Zarq area, under the RSF. It put questions on the allegiance of Chad, which signed a military cooperation agreement with the UAE.

In August 2023, the Emirates sent military vehicles and other security gear to Chad, which is also a neighbour to Niger, where a coup occurred weeks before. An Algerian newspaper “Le Soir d’Algerie” reported that the UAE allegedly played a role. In the attempted coup against Niger’s President Mohamed Bazoum. The UAE’s increased activity in North Africa raises concerns over the Emirati agenda.

United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (born 11 March 1961), popularly known by his initials as MBZ, is the third president of the United Arab Emirates and the ruler of Abu Dhabi. Mohamed is the third son of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, who was the first president of the UAE and the ruler of Abu Dhabi.

On 17 July 2020, a French investigating magistrate was appointed to carry out the probe targeting Mohamed bin Zayed for “complicity in the acts of torture” citing the UAE’s involvement in the Yemen civil war.

The investigation was initially opened in October 2019, after two complaints were filed against the Crown Prince during his official visit to Paris in November 2018.

One of the two complaints was filed with the constitution of civil party by six Yemenis, who claimed to have been tortured, electrocuted and burned by cigarettes in Yemeni detention centers controlled by the UAE armed forces.

A report by United Nations experts highlighted that the attacks of the Saudi-led coalition, of which the UAE is a member, may have constituted war crimes, and that the Emirati forces controlled two centres where torture has been carried out.

Human rights organisations consider the UAE substandard on human rights, citing reports of government critics being imprisoned and tortured, families harassed by the state security apparatus, and cases of forced disappearances. Individual rights such as the freedoms of assembly, association, the press, expression, and religion are also severely repressed. In other words, an ideal partner for the Rapid Support Forces.

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