South Sudan rebels armed by Sudan, Eritrea: Small Arms Survey
April 17, 2012 (JUBA) – Rebels fighting the South Sudanese government are receiving weapons and ammunition from Sudan and Eritrea, says a report by Small Army Survey; an independent research project in Geneva.
Evidence from interviews conducted and rifles seized from rebels of the South Sudan Democratic Movement (SSDM) and South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) in Jonglei, Upper Nile and Unity states matched those in the hands of SAF, the survey claims.
The SSLA denies claims it is supported by Khartoum.
“In addition to Khartoum, Asmara [Eritrea] is emerging as a likely source […] for weapons supplied to Southern rebels,” the report claims.
Ammunition confiscated by the SPLA from the late George Athor’s SSDM forces in Jonglei were identical to rounds were also found with Ogaden National Liberation Front (ONLF) reportedly supplied by Eritrea.