UNITED NATIONS - DIPLOMATS say a UN panel has provided additional details requested by China to back its allegations that Chinese ammunition was sent to Darfur in violation of a UN arms embargo.

Diplomats familiar with the report and the new material said on Wednesday the panel reported that 18 shell casings were found after attacks against the joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur.

Twelve of them had markings from China, two from Israel and four from Sudan. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the report has not been made public China is allowed to sell arms and ammunition to the Sudanese government, but Darfur is subject to an arms embargo.

The panel said it has no proof that China knew that the ammunition was being sent to Darfur.

Panel gives 'new China info'