1. Home
  2. West Africa
  3. Mauritania
  • News

Three arrested, saying government agreed to take Isreali nuclear waste

Mauritania’s leading opposition political figure, Ahmed Ould Daddah, and two of his party militants were arrested on Wednesday and will be charged with tarnishing the country’s image by saying the government had agreed to accept Israeli nuclear waste, AFP said quoting an official source. The source said that Daddah, president of l’Union des forces democratique (UFD); former minister Mohameden Ould Babah and Mohameden ould Icheddou, a lawyer, were arrested following a public rally in which Daddah told 10,000 people that the government had agreed to accept nuclear waste from Israel’s Dimona facility. Reports of this first appeared in the Moroccan media, a Mauritanian peace activist told IRIN today, and after Mauritania’s current prime minister, Cheikh El Avia Ould Mohamed Khouna, visited Israel as foreign minister. Communications Minister Saleh described the reports as “ridiculous”, and the peace activist said the deal was unlikely. He said that two or three years ago Mauritania refused a similar request form another Western nation. The arrests might trigger violence in Mauritania because all three men were well known and had hundreds of thousands of supporters, the activist said. Daddah, the brother of Mauritania’s first president Moktar Ould Daddah, also told the rally that his party had discovered that just US $200,000 of $2.0 billion aid received since 1985 could be accounted for. He accused the Taya family of corruption and called for democracy and freedom in Mauritania.
Share this article

Hundreds of thousands of readers trust The New Humanitarian each month for quality journalism that contributes to more effective, accountable, and inclusive ways to improve the lives of people affected by crises.

Our award-winning stories inform policymakers and humanitarians, demand accountability and transparency from those meant to help people in need, and provide a platform for conversation and discussion with and among affected and marginalised people.

We’re able to continue doing this thanks to the support of our donors and readers like you who believe in the power of independent journalism. These contributions help keep our journalism free and accessible to all.

Show your support as we build the future of news media by becoming a member of The New Humanitarian. 

Become a member of The New Humanitarian

Support our journalism and become more involved in our community. Help us deliver informative, accessible, independent journalism that you can trust and provides accountability to the millions of people affected by crises worldwide.