Israel arming Darfur rebels
- 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
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.
Israeli owner of MV Faina pays $3.2m ransom - Its cargo destined for
Darfur? JEM has received heavy military logistical support from Israel?
Pirates receive $3.2 m for Israeli ship
February 3, 2009
The Israeli-owner of a Ukrainian-flagged arms-loaded ship held by
Somali pirates pays 3.2 million dollars in return for the vessel's
The MV Faina and its crew-- 17 Ukrainians, three Russians and one
Latvian national-were captured on September 25 in the notorious Somali
The vessel was carrying with a cargo of 33 Soviet-type battle tanks,
rocket launchers and ammunition, allegedly expected to reach rebels in
the Sudanese violent Darfur region.
On Tuesday, a plane from South Africa carrying $ 3.2 million dropped
the demanded ransom onto the Faina upon an agreement between the
pirates and the ship's owner, Press TV correspondent reported.
The pirates said they will release the ship in a few hours, as soon as
they count the sum and confirm there are no warships to hunt them.
The news comes after the Israeli owner of the vessel had earlier
refused to hold talks with the bandits, who had repeatedly threatened
the lives of the crew members unless they were paid a multi-million
The capture of the arms-laden ship four months ago triggered a
controversy over the cargo's final destination.
The pirates' spokesman Sugule Ali said in October that the ship was
originally destined for Sudan using the Kenyan port city of Mombasa as
Sudan's state media also revealed the Justice and Equality Movement
(JEM), Darfur's most powerful rebel group, has received considerably
heavy military logistical support from Israel. MRS/DT
I've followed this story closely and published several reports on the
hijacking of MV Faina but this is the first time I've seen it said
that MV Faina was Israeli owned and that its cargo was expected to
reach rebels in Darfur. Rumours were that the cargo was destined for
Southern Sudan. Interesting. Can it be true that JEM has received
considerably heavy military logistical support from Israel? The
world's media covered the MV Faina story and (unless I've missed
something) nobody mentioned that the vessel was Israeli owned. After
five years of the world's spotlight being put on Darfur, we still
don't know what is going on behind the secret world of the Darfur
rebel leaders and their shadowy financiers. Why, I wonder.
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