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South Sudan rebels 'flaunt weapons' in video

30 June 2011 Last updated at 17:27 BST

Even before South Sudan declares its independence next week, it is already fighting at least half a dozen rebel movements.

On a video recording obtained by the BBC, hundreds of fighters from Peter Gadet's South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) jog rhythmically in a wide circle, singing and flaunting their new weapons.

The apparently joyous scenes in the video clash violently with a bloody reality: the rebel groups have fought on numerous occasions with the southern army, and represent a great threat to the stability of the new state.

This video was provided by the SSLA.