Côte d'Ivoire delivers military equipment to Burkina Faso to fight insecurity
Security forces in a vehicle in Ouagadougou, July 7, 2022. © Olympia De Maismont / AFP
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Côte d'Ivoire is assisting Burkina Faso in the fight against insecurity. A batch of military equipment worth more than two billion CFA francs was handed over to the Ouagadougou authorities. The material was received a few days ago, but Ouagadougou has so far made no communication.
Composed of about fifty pickup vehicles of the "azawad" type, 1,000 AK47 assault rifles and 100,000 rounds of ammunition, the equipment was handed over these days, says an official Ivorian source without further details.
A few months ago, the Ouagadougou authorities sent a request for support to Côte d'Ivoire, explains our source. After analysis, the Ivorian government decided to support its neighbor by donating military equipment. According to several sources, this donation of more than two billion CFA francs was decided a few weeks ago.
For the Ivorians, it is a question of helping the Burkinabè to contain the jihadist threat on the ground. The two countries share a 540 km long border. On the security front, the two countries have already conducted several joint operations on both sides of their border. But the threat is still present on the Ivorian side
A source close to the General Staff of the Armed Forces confirms the donation to Burkina Faso. But no political or military authority has communicated on this support from neighboring Côte d'Ivoire.
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