French jets bomb supply routes in Mali


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Malian girls smile as they walk past a wall decorated with flags of African countries participating in operation Serval in Gao, northern Mali on Monday, February 4, 2013. In a new phase of the Mali conflict, French airstrikes targeted the fuel depots and desert hideouts of Islamic extremists in northern Maly, as French forces planned to hand control of Timbuktu to the Malian army this week.

Gao - French fighter jets have pounded Islamist supply bases in Mali seeking to flush the insurgents out of hiding, as France and the US called on Monday for African troops to take over the operation.

After a three-week campaign by French-led forces drove the extremists from most of their strongholds, including the cities of Timbuktu and Gao, dozens of French warplanes carried out major air strikes on rebel training and logistics centres on Sunday in Mali’s mountainous north-east, near the Algerian border.

“It is about destroying their rear bases, their depots,” Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told France Inter radio.

“They have taken refuge in the north and the north-east, but they can only stay there long-term if they have ways to replenish their supplies. So the army, in a very efficient manner, is stopping them.”

The radical Islamists who controlled northern Mali for 10 months have fled into the Adrar des Ifoghas massif in the Kidal region, a craggy mountain landscape with caves.

Complicating the operation, they are believed to be holding seven French hostages with them, kidnapped in Mali and Niger in 2011 and 2012.

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French Troops dismount to secure a demining team clearing the road near Hambori, northern Mali, on the road to Gao, on Monday. French troops launched airstrikes on Islamic militant training camps and arms depots around Kidal and Tessalit in Mali's far north, defence officials said.

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The families of four hostages taken in Niger voiced fears for their lives, saying while the proximity of French forces “near where they are imprisoned” gives them a bit of hope, “the legitimate desire for their liberation should not lead to their sacrifice”, they said.

Malian Foreign Minister Tieman Coulibaly urged France to stay on longer.

“You have to take this operation to the bitter end and destroy the terrorist networks in Mali,” he said.

Northern residents have celebrated throwing off the shackles of harsh Islamist rule, but are facing food shortages as Arab and Tuareg traders flee reprisal attacks against light-skinned Malians accused of backing the Islamists.

Britain-based aid group Oxfam said fighting had severely restricted traditional trade routes. If the traders do not come back soon, it warned, markets will likely not be properly stocked and food prices will stay high.

This comes on top of a crippling food crisis which has put an estimated 18 million people at risk of starvation across the Sahel, an issue which has rarely made headlines even during the Mali conflict.

The International Red Cross said despite the retreat of the Islamists, residents who had fled fighting - estimated by the UN at over 350 000 - were hesitant to return home, with only 7 000 in central Mali returning so far.

As the conflict in Mali shifts into a new phase, delegations from the African Union, United Nations, European Union, West African regional body Ecowas, banks and aid groups are to meet on Tuesday in Brussels to mull the country's path to stability once the offensive ends.

“When a state falls apart it takes time to put it together again, like Humpty Dumpty,” said a senior official, speaking on condition of anonymity. -

Sapa-AFP


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