Bellingcat on 29th August carried a post saying that weapons purchased by Saudi Arabia from Serbia have wound up in the hands of the Sudanese Rapid Support Forces (RSF) and Sudanese army fighting at the Saudi-Yemen border. The RSF, the successor organisation to the Janjaweed in Sudan, has been accused of war crimes in Sudan. The investigation raises serious questions about end-user protections of firearms exported to Saudi Arabia, and end-user assurances between the Serbian government and the government of Saudi Arabia for thousands of Serbian-produced Kalashnikov rifles. The potential diversion of weapons from the Saudi Ministry of Defense — or elements within the Saudi Ministry of Defense — to Sudanese forces comes at a time when Saudi is facing increased scrutiny over their conduct in the war in Yemen.
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