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Sudan’s army denies using cluster munitions in South Kordofan

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May 27, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – The spokesperson of the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF), Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad, has emphatically denied allegations of using cluster bombs in fighting against rebels in South Kordofan State.

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FILE PHOTO - Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad (GETTY)

Last week the London-based Independent newspaper published two photos of unexploded cluster bomb allegedly dropped by a Sudanese warplane on 15 April in Ongolo village in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan.

The pictures identified the bomb as "a Soviet-made RBK-500 cluster bomb containing AO-2.5 RT submunitions".

Cluster bombs are a type of explosive weapon which scatters sub-munitions or bomblets over an area. The use of cluster bombs is prohibited under the Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM) which, since its adoption in May 2008, has been signed by 71 country states not including Sudan, China and the US.

Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based advocacy group, issued a statement urging Sudan to probe the discovery and join the CCM.

But according to Al-Sawarmi, SAF does not even have cluster bombs to use them in South Kordofan, where it has been battling rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement North since June last year.

“Whether or not we end up joining the international treaty that bans cluster bombs, the fact remains that we never use them in our military operations and we don’t have them to begin with” he said in statements published by local newspapers on Sunday.

The rebels accuse SAF of continuous aerial bombardment and use of weapons prohibited under international laws.

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  • 28 May 2012 09:18, by SEE ME

    History of use of cluster munition :
    >Yugoslavia, 1999 Cluster munitions were used by NATO forces in 1999
    > Afghanistan, 2001 Used by the United States
    > Iraq, 2003 Used by the United States and the United Kingdom
    > Second Chechen War Russia repeatedly fired cluster munitions into Chechnya.

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    • 28 May 2012 09:24, by Aaban

      you don’t know anythings about cluster bomb other than liars and denail of truth, 40,000 people killed in my regions were murdered by cluster bomb, you don’t know since you are coward with fake name, of coward Ja’alin, why don’t you deny your cowardic i alway referred you to?

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    • 28 May 2012 12:15, by zulu

      s33,
      You dont know what u r talking. your gov denies using the cluster bombs. so, it knows that it is illegal to use them. alos, your gov. does not deny having them. what as twist of lies and deception.

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      • 28 May 2012 14:21, by SEE ME

        Ask your white masters to "set an example" for the third world countries.
        They must stop the fabrication and selling the cluster bombs.

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        • 28 May 2012 18:34, by zulu

          It is better you know the distinction because there is no grey area between white masters and black masters. Unfortunately, the blacks masters ironically serve the white masters though they consider themselves arab, they are black and therefore inferior in their self esteem to be proud as africans and avoid using other tribes as their slaves. And you a Jaali, what are you?

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    • 28 May 2012 15:16, by Johndumo14

      Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled is a criminal too like Omar Albashir,who else can used cluster bomb in these areas?Every things they deny,he must be arested and handed over to international court,khartoum killed people in darfur,south kordofa,blue nile and south sudan ,they bombed these areas but they denied,they stolen s.sudan oil still they denied!! sorry for the gangster governmentINsuda

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  • 28 May 2012 09:20, by Aaban

    The well knowledge of Ja’alinain is to deny everything’s the do, there was one of Ja’alin boy here yesterday denial the genocide committed in my Darfur region they live and feed on liars they will never admitted their guilty in their cowardice lives,

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    • 28 May 2012 09:23, by SEE ME

      HRW must first ask USA to stop the use of cluster bombs.

      HRW must first ask ISRAEL to stop using of cluster bombs in south LEBONAN.

      HRW must stop double standrads and not only support what supported by USA, UK, FRANCE and ISRAEL.

      HRW must understand that the population of the world is 7000 millionns and all of them are human beings without segregation based on color, race and religion.

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      • 28 May 2012 09:29, by Aaban

        You are very talkative with no point, why do you talk useless, when will your Ja’alinain stope too much talkative with in cowardice attitudes toward others, what is your name don’t denying I won’t hurt you tell me but do not lye,

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  • 28 May 2012 09:27, by Madina Tonj

    Well, Khartoum regime has been using cluster bomb since during the civil war between South Sudan SPLA and them and if the UN just saw in their eyes then, these are all wars crime and crimes against humanity which Omar al Bashir had bee doing. This is another Adolf Hitler on earth need to be punish proper and I don’t know why International community are delaying justice on Omar al Bashir.

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    • 28 May 2012 09:28, by SEE ME

      Hunman Rights Watch said it had interviewed survivors of the Israel attack, who described incoming artillery shells dispensing hundreds of cluster submunitions on the village.

      Human Rights Watch also released photographs, taken recently in northern Israel, of what it said were American-supplied artillery shells that had markings showing they carried cluster munitions.

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      • 28 May 2012 10:57, by Joseph Canada

        We are not Arabs nor Middle eastern. We are Africans. If you want to complain about those kind of Bombs being dropped by Israelites, Go to Israel. Israelis are killing the Terrorists and so does the Americans. You arabs are bad humans. You smell Terror! You look Terror and you eat Terror! The most Arrogant Humans ever lived. You feed on People’s Blood!! You love theft and oppression.

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  • 28 May 2012 09:29, by Mr Point

    When reporting any statement by Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad always keep in your mind the fact that Colonel Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad always denies any bombing by SAF.

    He denied the bombing that killed 5 civilians in Bentiu market place that killed civilians, as well as the bombing of Yida camp, both independently witnessed by international news agencies.

    Once again he denies the evidence.

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  • 28 May 2012 18:40, by Northern Sudanese

    sudan doesn’t even have cluster bombs.......we are a country which is developing its agricultural sector.........these bombs could easily damage our development in agriculture.........take south sudan as a clear example.........

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    • 30 May 2012 10:01, by codewizards

      They can damage your agriculture only when you drop them, right? How do you drop them on yourselves or your fields? This is just an illusion statement. Not logical at all! How old is Sudan from Independence to date? u have all kinds of weapons brother. Since u are a civilian, u talk what u don’t know. U even make weapons in Khartoum. Remember 1998? I know where you make chemical weapons.

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