Sudan: Israel arming Darfur rebels
Israel has supplied a rebel group involved in the Darfur conflict in Sudan with a considerable amount of weaponry, a new report says.
The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has received considerably heavy military logistical support from Israel, Sudan’s state media reported on Sunday.
The shipment has been sent through France, which is in charge of training military personal inside neighboring Chad, the Sudanese Media Center, a news outlet with links to Sudan’s security service said.
France maintains a 1,650 soldier mission to Chad as part of the EUFOR mission to protect refugees who have fled the conflict in Darfur in neighboring Sudan.
The JEM which seized the city of Muhageriya about two weeks ago is considered Darfur’s most powerful rebel group.
The group managed to capture the city form forces loyal to the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) faction of Minni Minawi, which is the only rebel group to have signed a peace deal with Khartoum.
Sudan accuses Chad of providing military and logistical support for the rebel group’s attacks on Southern Darfur.
Chad, however, blames Sudan for the creation of the Union of Resistance Forces, an umbrella group for the main Chadian rebel factions created in late January 2008.
The two neighbors broke off diplomatic relations last year, with each accusing the other of supporting rebel assaults on their capitals.
Although relations were re-established in November, ties still remain tense between the two central African nations.