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UN report proves widespread use of Israeli weapons in South Sudan

Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:24PM

A file photo released by the UN allegedly shows Israeli-produced rifles being used by security forces in South Sudan.

A file photo released by the UN allegedly shows Israeli-produced rifles being used by security forces in South Sudan.

The local army of South Sudan and its senior officers are widely using Israeli weapons, a recent report by the United Nations has said, warning that the use of the arms could further fuel the bloody conflict in the African country.

The Wednesday report by a panel of UN experts showed photographs from the battlefield where officers of the South Sudanese army allegedly use weapons manufactured by Israel Weapon Industries (IWI).

The report, which was commissioned by the UN Security Council and has summarized 10 weeks of activities on the ground, identifies a series of Israeli-produced atomic rifles, known as Ace. The weapon is an upgraded version of the famous Galil assault rifle which was first developed under the supervision of the Israeli military.

The report added that the weapons are currently used at a large-scale level, claiming that all security bodies in South Sudan, including the local police, members of the national security service and even the bodyguards of senior government officers are now using the rifle.

The conflict in South Sudan has displaced hundreds of thousands and is dragging the newly established nation into more chaos and uncertainty, the report stated.

The Israeli regime has never admitted it is officially selling weapons to South Sudan as the country is in the middle of a deadly civil war and the government has done its utmost to cool the tension. However, recent reports showed that leaders of the African country have traveled to the occupied territories on a visit to a major weapons show.

The violence flared up in South Sudan in December 2013, when President Salva Kiir accused current rebel leader and former Vice President Riek Machar of orchestrating a coup. An all-out civil war was triggered across the country, with rebels and government forces launching back-to-back retaliatory attacks in the towns and villages they said were associated with their opponents.

The two sides have so far held several rounds of peace talks but have failed to reach a lasting peace deal.

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