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South Sudan claims Sudan attacks Aweil leaving 10 people dead

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May 28, 2012 (JUBA) - South Sudan said Monday said 10 people, most of whom were innocent civilians, have lost their lives following an attack allegedly carried out by the armed forces of the neigbouring Sudan.

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South Sudan minister of information, Barnaba Marial R and SPLA spokesman L at a press conference on 28 May 2012 in Juba (ST)

The two nations are due to resume negotiations on post-separation issues in Addis Ababa on Tuesday 29 May. Security and their disputed border will be among the items on the agenda. In April the two sides fought a short border war over the disputed Heglig region.

Colonel Philip Aguer Panyang, spokesman of the South Sudanese army (SPLA), accused the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of resuming "aggression" against Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, which began on Saturday 26 May and was ongoing on Monday 28 May.

Juba says over 80 bombs have been dropped on their side of the contested, tense, and highly-militarised border.

Aguer said that SAF were using Meiram in South Kordofan as military base to launch attacks on South Sudan, targeting the largely civilian settlement in Warguet, Majak Woi and Kiirkou, in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State.

"Areas of Majak Wol and Majak Bai were bombed by the Sudanese Air Force. These attacks were carried out consecutively on 25th, 26th and 27th" of May, he said.

Sudanese paramilitary the Popular Defense Forces (PDF) "carried out the raid in Majak on 26 [May], killing one woman on her farm and raided cattle," he said

Speaking at the same briefing, Minister of Information and Media Affairs, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, said ten people were killed in Monday’s attack, in which several others were wounded.

Sudan in a complaint lodged to the UN Security Council last week accused South Sudanese troops of attempting to occupy Meiram and other bordering areas.

The two countries continue to trade accusations of attacks and support to rebel groups from both sides despite their formal acceptance of a UN resolution demanding to stop hostilities and to create a conducive environment for the resumption of talks.

Khartoum was using the same tactics that provoked the SPLA into occupying Heglig/Panthou for 10 days in April, the minister said.

"The intention is to spoil the environment of the current peace talks. This is exactly what they did on March 26, 2012, when Sudanese Armed Forces attacked in Panakuac [in South Sudan’s Unity State], leading to series of clashes which eventually prompted our forces to react in self-defense and subsequently took over Panthou”, he said.

He dismissed Khartoum’s pledge to honour peace, describing it as "lip service”.

"We have heard what they said but will they respect it. How many times we have heard them telling international [community] that they are committed to peaceful settlement since last year and they have not acted", he said.

In Khartoum, the military spokesperson Al-Swarmi Khaled dismissed the accusations. He also denied the recent accusations of flying over the South Sudanese capital last week asking to show any evidence to prove that.

Pagan Amum, Secretary of the South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), also accused Sudanese air force of violating the airspace of South Sudan.

“Today, as we are leaving to the negotiations, the government of Sudan is attacking South Sudan. Now, as we speak, the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal is under attack by the Republic of Sudan by land and also aerial bombardment is continuing. These are not signs of peace,” Amum told reporters at Juba airport as he left to Ethiopia to resume negotiations with Sudan.

Amum said his government remains committed to reaching a peaceful settlement on all pending issues with the government of neighbouring Sudan.

(ST)

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  • 29 May 2012 08:09, by SEE ME

    "South Sudan said Monday said 10 people, most of whom were innocent civilians, have lost their lives following an attack allegedly carried out by the armed forces of the neigbouring Sudan."

    SPLA/M killed them based on their ethnic cleansing plans to kill all those are not blind followers to them.

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  • 29 May 2012 08:24, by Angualladit

    Look at these, they look like human-being but they are not. shame on you Arab.

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    • 29 May 2012 08:46, by SEE ME

      Angualladit

      Your complex inferiority with any thing related ARAB will make you very sick and mad more than your madness now.

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    • 29 May 2012 09:19, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      By seeing the Khartom are bombing the territory of the south sudan,and people are been killed,what next? when will we start to use aircraft against Khartoum citizen so they can know how worst bombing is,and on that day, all will collapse including SEE Evil.

      OKUCU PA LOTINOKWAN

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      • 29 May 2012 10:59, by Johndumo14

        In order to protect the border SPLA Needs attact helcopters,that can quickly can fly ant time to the side of attacks,and ground troops mus be positioned in the border ready for these are rovers,with their leader Omar Albashir

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  • 29 May 2012 08:45, by Mr Point

    The spokesperson of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, denied the SAF bombing of Aweil.
    on May 28 he denied the independently verified photographs of an unexploded cluster bomb dropped by a Sudanese warplane on 15 April in Ongolo village in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan.
    He has denied over 80 bomb drops in the past 2 months, some witnessed by Reuters and AFP

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    • 29 May 2012 08:50, by SEE ME

      Southerners !!!!!

      Is Aweil at the borders?

      Don’t fabricate and paste what happened in SOUTH SUDAN on north SUDAN.

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      • 29 May 2012 09:23, by codewizards

        "In Khartoum, the military spokesperson Al-Swarmi Khaled dismissed the accusations. He also denied the recent accusations of flying over the South Sudanese capital last week asking to show any evidence to prove that." He cannot accept the truth because he is who he is!!!

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  • 29 May 2012 08:57, by Go to Hell

    Arabs are never realistic and they can not accept anything till they die.

    We will show you the evident by bringing down the Antinov when it come again to our Airspace and then we will show you the wreckage of your antinov as Evident to accept that you fly over South Sudan Airspace

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  • 29 May 2012 09:11, by Waucity

    I always tell Northerners that you will not be burried all at the end of this century, many of you will still be with us and when time come, you will wish something could just turn you into a brown desert soil and not be noticed.Considering that Southern Sudan just release 14 pows few weeks ago and that Sudan produce oil in Panthou which is our blood, I feel very bitter.

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    • 29 May 2012 11:02, by Dinkawarrior

      Why Khartoum is lying to the world by saying we are committed to peace?
      While committed to crimes against civilians through air bombardment of our territories! Is it not a pure lie?
      I am real sorry for those 10 civilians may God Almighty raise their souls in peace!! I wish Banki Moon has good eyes to seee!!

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  • 29 May 2012 13:57, by Madiak

    What i want to say is to our S P L A spokesman, Dear Sir as a spokeman of S P L A you need to have a group of people where ever in south Sudan, where we have the shared border with North(Arab) any these committe should know our border with the North’ like what you are saying here that Mariem lays in south Kordofan is not correct Mariem is belong to N B G Aweil in(Ajong Malong Your)

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