Sudan attacks in Darfur breach sanctions: experts
AFPUNITED NATIONS -- Sudan breached U.N. sanctions by using warplanes and rockets bought from Belarus and Russia in the Darfur conflict, according to U.N. experts who have called for a tightened embargo.
March 5, 2013, 12:35 am TWN
With the war now a decade old, U.N. sanctions report outlined how the conflict has intensified with government air attacks on Darfur villages, rebels opening military camps in neighboring South Sudan and intelligence agents torturing opposition students with acid.
The panel said it had “observed the use by the Sudanese air force of a new weapons system, S-8 air-to-ground rockets” bought from Belarus.
It had also seen Su-25 fighter jets bought from Belarus in 2008 and Mi-24 attack helicopters purchased from Russia after the 2005 sanctions were imposed at Darfur airports.