The Sudanese authorities on Wednesday foiled an operation to smuggle twelve people into Libya.

A spokesman for the Rapid Support Forces (RSF), Colonel Abdul Rahman al-Jaali said “his forces have foiled a human smuggling operation on the Sudanese-Libyan border” the Sudanese news agency, SUNA reported.

 We have arrested 12 people who tried to enter Libya” al-Jaali said, without giving further details about the infiltrators identity or nationality.

He stressed that the RSF will continue to carry out their duty along the Sudanese border, in order to combat human trafficking and arms trade, and smuggling of various kinds.

Sudan is a transit country for illegal immigrants who are smuggled to Europe via Libya and to a lesser extent into Israel via the Egyptian Sinai desert.

The Sudanese government says it does not have data on the numbers of illegal migrants or gangs that are active in their smuggling due to lack of capabilities.