First African troops arrive in Sudan to protect observers

The first African troops tasked with protecting ceasefire monitors in Sudan’s western region of Darfur have arrived in the war-torn region amid warnings from Khartoum against upgrading the status of the contingent to a peacekeeping force.

The team of 12 Rwandan soldiers landed in Khartoum Saturday and immediately traveled to Al-Fashir, the capital of North Darfur state and the main base of the African Union-led observers monitoring a truce between government forces and Darfur rebels. A total of 150 Rwandan troops are due to be airlifted into Al-Feshir. Full Story

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