The UN mission in Mali announced on Saturday that it had left its camp 80 kilometres off the city of Gao in the north as part of its complete withdrawal from the jihadism plagued west African country. This closure is the ninth among the twelve camps they have in the country, according to a statement published on social media.
The camp was handed over to the Malian authorities, represented by the Prefect of Ansongo, by the head of the Minusma office in Gao, the largest city in northern Mali.
The colonels who came to power in 2020 demanded in June, after months of deteriorating relations, the departure of the Minusma deployed since 2013 in this country to help in the fight against jihadism and the deep multidimensional crisis.
The withdrawal of some 11,600 soldiers and 1,500 police officers who were present in Mali is scheduled to take place until December 31 and has exacerbated rivalries for control of the north of the country.
The separatist groups are opposed to Minusma handing over the camps to the Malian authorities, which they say goes against the agreements reached in 2014 and 2015 when they agreed to cease fire.
These predominantly Tuareg groups have resumed hostilities against the central state, and regularly accuse the Malian armed forces and its allies from the Russian paramilitary group Wagner of committing atrocities against the civilian population.
Nevertheless, on Tuesday, the Malian army announced that it had taken Kidal, a town in northern Mali, from Tuareg separatists, after years of absence from this strategic territory that has become a major sovereignty issue for the central state.
Source: Africa News