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Group says South Sudan gives political, financial support to rebels in Sudan, but no weapons

South Sudan provided logistical, financial and political support, but not weapons, to rebels fighting to overthrow the government in neighboring Sudan, according to a report from the Small Arms Survey, an independent Swiss research group.

This is the first time an independent organization has said South Sudan is helping Sudanese rebels, a charge South Sudan has often denied.

The alleged support provision of vehicles, fuel and food to SPLM-N fighters and other rebel groups. There is also evidence that training may have been provided in a garrison in South Sudan's Western Bahr el Ghazal state.

The report titled "New War, Old Enemies: Conflict dynamics in South Kordofan" documents the first year of renewed fighting beginning in June 2011 between the SPLM-North rebels and the Sudan Armed Forces and paramilitary forces.