JUBA:- Cash-strapped South Sudan has spent millions of dollars on Israeli surveillance drones and security cameras aimed at fighting rampant crime in the capital Juba, officials said Monday. The first two drones and 11 cameras will be deployed by Israeli company Global Group, President Salva Kiir said at a launch event. Criminals "can now be traced and they cannot get away with crime," he said. "All the planes at the airport will be safe. Everybody can be screened wherever he or she is going," Kiir said, speaking at the drone control centre at a police training centre.–AFP

Edward Dimitiri, technology director at the interior ministry, would not put an exact price tag on the project, which he said was costing "millions of dollars".