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    Sudan: Israel arming Darfur rebels http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=84418§ionid=351020504 Israel has supplied a rebel group involved in the Darfur
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      Sudan: Israel arming Darfur rebels
      http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=84418§ionid=351020504


      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.

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      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
      http://sudanwatch.blogspot.com/


      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
      release.

      The MV Faina and its crew-- 17 Ukrainians, three Russians and one
      Latvian national-were captured on September 25 in the notorious Somali
      waters.

      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
      ransom.

      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
      a stopover.

      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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