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Sudanese army bombard Blue Nile villages: SPLM-N rebels

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February 17, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – The Sudanese army resumed air and ground attacks in Blue Nile state forcing over 8,000 civilians to flee their villages, Yasir Arman, the secretary general of the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N), said on Sunday.

According to Arman, the attacks took place on Sunday morning in Muffa village and surrounding areas, 21 kilometres south-west of Kurmuk near the Ethiopian border. He underlined that the military operation had begun on 14 February.

He further said that around 8,000 people were forced to move to the Ethiopian and South Sudanese border, adding that some other civilians reached the Gouz village in south-west Blue Nile on Sunday morning.

The Sudanese army did not issue a statement about the attacks or possible raids on the positions of SPLM-N fighters in Blue Nile state.

The SPLM-N secretary-general pointed out that such attacks “resulted in the displacement of more than 70% of the inhabitants of the rural Blue Nile, and as of now, nearly 200,000 from the civilian populations are refugees in Ethiopia and South Sudan”.

Arman, who is currently in the United States to meet congressmen and civil society groups, further called on the African Union (AU) and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) “to discharge their responsibility to protect civilians and to open access for humanitarian assistance”.

The AU mediation team has called on the Sudanese government and the SPLM-N to meet in Addis Ababa on 15 March to hold direct political talks to end the conflict in the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states.

The two parties failed to implement a humanitarian agreement they reached last August following a proposal made by the UN agencies, AU and Arab League to provide food in the rebel-controlled areas.

Arman said the latest attacks come in line with the “scorched earth policy” already implemented by the government in Darfur. He also blamed the international community for not taking a tougher stance with Khartoum on humanitarian access to affected civilians.

“If we do not call that a war crime, what do we call it in international humanitarian law?” he asked.

Khartoum says it wants to control the humanitarian operations in the region and accuses the SPLM-N of intending to benefit from food aid to feed its troops. However, the tripartite initiative provides that food distribution will be controlled by African and Arab monitors.

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  • 18 February 2013 10:04, by william mawien

    Why can’t spla do any thing yet according to cpa bn sk are south sudan
    kiir please allow spla to help those civilian in bn and sk
    please order spla to advance in bn and sk
    innocent people are dying
    spla is the only army the repulse in few hours

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    • 18 February 2013 10:41, by Robot

      SAF with their Malian militias thought they are becoming strong!!!!, what a pity.... Sudan should realize the state they are putting themselves, its future generation into, unless the euphoria of terrorism is misty enough to avoid them seeing this calamity approaching.

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      • 18 February 2013 12:00, by master

        Robot
        malian militia will be in south sudan soon after collapsing of your poor state

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        • 18 February 2013 13:37, by Robot

          Master,
          a moderate human being in his/her senses would understand my comment, it has nothing to do with South Sudan, but the North Sudan itself..... DO YOU CONSIDER AND UNDERSTAND THE LEGACY THESE NCP GANGS/LOYALIST WOULD LEAVE BEHIND?????.

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    • 18 February 2013 10:47, by Tong dut

      Bring the fuckin plane down, dont fear it.

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  • 18 February 2013 11:51, by Panthou

    What kind of war South Sudan is still waiting for North Sudan to wages in her territory? Let’s accept our weakness if we’re incapable of revenge.

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  • 18 February 2013 12:15, by Pif Paf

    Yasir Arman should not complain because SPLA-N got what they asked for. SAF will continue to bomb SPLA-N & SPLA in BN, SK and contested area’s. Very soon we will bomb SRF Rebels in upper nile, unity and bahr algazal states.

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  • 18 February 2013 14:24, by Makunon

    Should Blue Nile be part of oil’s zone CPA’s signatories would have wake up from deep asleep and condemn it, but now never, leaving black African dying every time. Dead to NCP.

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    • 18 February 2013 21:55, by Kalo

      They will get the bitter fruits soon when we reach Khartoum,it is just of time,wait!!!struggle continues,long live SPLA-N,
      Kalo the son of Nuba.

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