The Malian government accused France of espionage and sabotage, in addition to violating the country’s airspace; And that’s since the Malian army launched Operation Kiliji.
A Malian government spokesman said: “Since the beginning of Operation Kiliege, a temporary exclusion zone has been established over part of Mali, with the aim of securing the airspace.
Since the beginning of the year, the Malian government has recorded more than 50 cases of deliberate violations of Mali’s airspace by foreign aircraft, especially French forces.
He added: “One of the latest violations is the illegal flight of a drone for the French forces, which carried out espionage work on the Malian forces, on April 20, 2022, over the Jossi base, which was handed over to the Malian forces, on April 19, 2022.”
The spokesman accused the French forces of committing acts of sabotage, by publishing fabricated information, accusing the Malian forces of committing crimes of killing civilians; “With the aim of distorting the image of the Malian forces, which are working to liberate national lands and protect citizens.”
“Given these provocations by the French forces, who have been required to leave Malian territory without delay, since February 18, 2022, the Malian government strongly condemns the actions of the French authorities, and calls on them once again to respect the sovereignty of Mali,” the Malian government spokesman added.
On April 22, the Mali government announced the discovery of a mass grave near the military base in the city of Jossi, in the north of the country, which was under the administration of the French forces, until April 19; And start an investigation.
This April, the French forces published a video clip of the base in Josie; Accusing Malian forces of burying corpses near the base, with the aim of accusing France of criminal acts.