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Two dead, as South Sudan describes Unity State bombing a declaration of war

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By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

April 23, 2012 (BENTIU) - The bombing of Unity State killing at least two people on Monday morning has been described as a declaration of war by South Sudan’s military spokesperson Philip Aguer.

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Rubkotna Market in Unity State, South Sudan after it was bombed by the Sudanese air force, 23 April 2012 (ST)

South Sudanese government officials in Unity State accuse Sudan of ignoring the recent calls by the international community to end the border conflict between the two nations, by attacking two towns in Unity State killing two and injuring six people.

Sudan Tribune’s reporter in Bentui says he saw the burnt dead body of a boy who had been shopping in Rubkotna market when a bomb landed in the area. He also witnessed the body of another apparent bombing victim at Bentiu Hospital.

South Sudan’s army and the United Nations Mission in South Sudan have also reported that two people were killed in the air strike.

Sudan has denied the bombing. On Monday Sudan’s ambassador to the UN Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman said: "Let me make it clear: we will not cross the international border and attack the south... inside their territories".

Osman said his country had the right to defend itself from South Sudan’s "aggression". "We have been targeted by... the South. We have every right to militarily repel that attack and aggression," the ambassador told the BBC.

The bombing is the latest act in a border war between the two countries that has escalated since South Sudan occupied the disputed Heglig area for 10 days before withdrawing on Friday.

South Sudan insists that it withdrew voluntarily but Sudan says that it inflicted a heavy defeat on the southern army (SPLA), forcing them to retreat.

Three MiG fighters from the Sudanese air force attacked Unity State capital Bentui and nearby Rubkotna town on Monday morning, according to Sudan Tribune’s reporter in Bentui.

Peter Ruai Gatuor, who witnessed the Rubkotna Market bombing said that a ten year boy and a trader were killed with four more seriously injured.

He accused Sudan of "targeting we the innocent civilians leaving the army who fight them in [the] front line."

Gatuor called on the international community to intervene to stop attacks on civilians in Unity State.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the his representative in South Sudan have both called on Sudan to cease its bombing campaign.

A UN report covering April 13-19 said that "clashes and/or bombardments were reported in all five border states between South Sudan and Sudan, as hostilities continued between the two countries".

The commissioner for Abiemnom County, Ajang Gidi, told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the Sudanese air force had also dropped several bombs in his area of Unity State. He reported that there were no causalities.

While visiting the areas that had been bombed near Bentiu, the speaker of Unity State’s Legislative Assembly Simon Maguek Gai, said that the international community had to do more to pressure Khartoum to stop the bombing.

He warned that if Sudan’s army continued to attack South Sudan they would be forced to respond in order to "defend ourselves".

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Listen to the full interview with the speaker of Unity State’s Legislative Assembly Simon Maguek Gai below.

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Al Jazeera English | South Sudan says Sudan has declared war | 24 April 2012

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  • 24 April 2012 08:32, by E. Defense Forces

    Watch this Arabs infidels in Khartoum.Destruction of the church in Khartoum http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/489/Destruction_of_the_church_in_Khartoum/
    Dead and wounded in the city in southern Sudan Rubkona http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/473/Dead_and_wounded_in_the_city_in_southern_Sudan_Rubkona/

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    • 24 April 2012 09:06, by Jewish Ally

      God reject killing and those who kill defendless people must be condemn by God if not by Human. everlasting fire awaitting you

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    • 24 April 2012 09:09, by Daniel Buolmawei

      Ok, I saw UN forces men in the reported video. So how the Sudanese Ambassador denied this? How does you UN believe in such a people? Does the present of UN peace keeping forces that witnessed the situation as we saw them a propaganded lie too?

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  • 24 April 2012 08:32, by Lango2010

    like a woman by her husband and carry the revenge to children in her house. this is an act of coward president.
    why do you leave heroes in the battle field and and come and boom the innocent civilial
    you will not scare us by that bitch

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  • 24 April 2012 08:36, by Sir King

    Dear South Sudanese, where is this failed UN gen.Secretary Ban Ki Moon? He seems to be Novice and South Sudan is having every right to defend itself from External Attack. Ban didn’t know that even Khartoum is our land leave alone Panthou. Solutions: Our leaders should ignore this fail man and continue taking their measures of protecting our nation. Sorry indeed to United Nations.

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  • 24 April 2012 08:57, by Koang

    Arabs never admit reality. Let the North Sudan denied the Aerial attack. This is their ideology, Mohamed have taught them.
    Courageous person never denys his deeeds/accomplishments!

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  • 24 April 2012 09:00, by Daniel Buolmawei

    "On Monday Sudan’s ambassador to the UN Daffa-Alla Elhag Ali Osman said: "Let me make it clear: we will not cross the international border and attack the south... inside their territories".

    These are the people the UN chief Ban Ki-Moon believes in their messages. He’s now denying it but all UN forces on the ground and all reporters are ignored. Listen to this video by the reprter on the ground-

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    • 24 April 2012 11:44, by Ruach

      Koang.That is bad teaching from Mohamed and they shouldn’t accept it!They were trained to kill,murder and deny it at the end.They don’t believe in God,but they believe in killing and murdering the pple of South Sudan.What a neighbour!!

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  • 24 April 2012 09:02, by Daniel Buolmawei

    http://www.southsudanhub.com/media/488/Report_of_the_scenes_of_the__neighborhood_raided_Sudanese_army__on_the_Bentiu/

    Do we really still have justice in the world? Why refusing to listen to what the victims say then listening to what the predators say?

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  • 24 April 2012 12:04, by Pauli

    What is painful is the killing of our innocent people in South Sudan through the serial bombardments of our territories. We can’t even defend ourselves from all these attacks. Why do we go to war if we don’t have infrastructure of air defend? They are killing us because they know our weakness which is air deference, where are the jet fighters and anti aircraft? I hate to watch how Omer is bossing.

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  • 24 April 2012 12:45, by Wen Ahon

    Mmmmmmmmmm! Only Israel is good at that game of tit for tat. "Could you South Sudan Army do the same and Let them feel it". Why should South Sudan be the only to observe international pressure yet YOU got no criminal records before?. Turn deaf to them and consider they security of your people -cum- national wealth. Don’t let yourself be deprived. "THINK TWICE JUNUB YOUR PEOPLE ARE FINISHING"

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