Sudan has been a member of the Arab military coalition led by Riyadh in Yemen since 2015 to support the government in the face of rebels close to Iran. The two sides are waging a bloody war that has plunged the country into one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.
Sudanese soldiers were killed in a Houthi attack on coalition sites in Haradh, Hajjah province, on the border with Saudi Arabia, sources told the.AFP.
The attack took place Thursday, they said.
Since the capture of Sana’a in 2014, rebels have captured most of northern Yemen and have continued to advance on the ground despite coalition support for loyalist forces.
Sudan, one of the poorest countries in the world, had sent tens of thousands of soldiers, including the Janjaweed, ex-militias accused of multiple abuses in Darfur.
At the end of 2019, the transitional government resulting from the Sudanese revolution announced a reduction in the number of troops engaged in Yemen, from 15,000 at the start of the conflict to 5,000.
In January 2020, dozens of Sudanese demonstrated in Khartoum to demand the return to the country of relatives recruited according to them by a company from the United Arab Emirates – also a member of the coalition – to be sent into combat in Libya and Yemen.
According to the UN, the war in Yemen will have caused the death of 377,000 people by the end of the year 2021. Around 227,000 deaths will be indirect consequences of the conflict, such as lack of drinking water, hunger. and diseases.
The war has caused the displacement of millions of people and has made more than 80% of the population of around 30 million people depend on international aid.