Chad’s military captures 250 rebels
Publish date: 11 February 2019
Issue Number: 810
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Chad's military says it has captured more than 250 rebels, including four ‘leaders’, during an operation against militants crossing from Libya. They said 40 of the rebels' vehicles were destroyed and hundreds of weapons were seized. France, which provides military support to Chad, used warplanes last week to attack the convoy in the Ennedi region. The incursion is the latest in a series of threats against the rule of President Idriss Déby. BBC News reports that Chad's Parliament last year approved a new Constitution that expanded his powers and could allow him to stay in office until 2033. French troops are currently deployed in Chad as part of Operation Barkhane – an ongoing coalition effort in Africa's Sahel region to fight jihadist insurgents.