Home | News    Saturday 12 April 2014

UN fears aerial attacks on Sudanese refugee camps in S. Sudan

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

April 11, 2014 (KHARTOUM) – The United Nations agency for refugees (UNHCR) has expressed fears for the safety of Sudanese refugees and aid workers in a camp in Sudan Sudan’s Unity state after unidentified aircraft were seen flying over the settlement.

JPEG - 50.2 kb
New arrivals wait in line to register with the UNHCR at the Yida refugee camp along the Sudan-South Sudan border on 3 July 2012 (Photo: Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

“UNHCR is deeply concerned about the safety of refugees and aid workers in Yida, South Sudan, after unidentified aircraft circled over the settlement several times on 9 April,” said UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming at a press conference in Geneva on Friday

“The sighting raised fears that the refugee settlement may soon come under direct or indirect military attack,” she added.

On 7 April, Neem, located 26km north of Yida, and close to the disputed border area of Jau, was bombed by warplanes. Local authorities said more than five bombs were dropped.

Fleming said the refugees have not been “directly affected this week’s attack”.

South Sudanese officials and Sudanese rebels have accused the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) of carrying out the recent attacks in border areas, however, Khartoum denies penetrating the territory of its southern neighbour.

Local authorities reported that on 7 April a military aircraft dropped more than five bombs over Neem, which is on the road that refugees use when coming from the war-torn Nuba Mountains in Sudan.

The Sudanese official accuses the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) of using refugee camps in South Sudan, particularly the Yida settlement which is located near the border.

In March the UN opened a new camp far from the disputed border in Ajuong Thok, but many refugees have refused to relocate voluntarily.

Yida, which is home to some 70,000 refugees, was bombed by the Sudanese army in November 2011.

There are about 540,000 Sudanese refugees in the troubled Unity and Upper Nile states where the South Sudanese government is fighting a rebellion led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 12 April 2014 08:50, by Akol Liai Mager

    Simple solutions:
    1. UNSC must impose a No-Fly-Zone across South Sudan and North Sudan Border and those unidentified war planes will not fly refugees again or will be shot down by UN’ Jet-Fighters or Anti-Air Crafts.
    2. Move these refugees to the safer locations elsewhere in South Sudan and UNMISS must provide services including security where they are relocated.

    repondre message

  • 12 April 2014 18:08, by Bentiu son

    Waw!ya poor innocent Nuba and Darfurians,u had been sold alive by your stupid leaders Adom Hilu and Gabril Mohd who sided with genocidal regime who murdered in cold blood about 17,613 Nuer civilians in Juba.You should know that Unity State is the home of Dr Machar and Gen Taban Deng Gai whom you are Now fighting with.You must evacuate sooner as to safe your lives failure you will risk it for sure

    repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Musa Hilal’s "Awakening": Khartoum’s worst nightmare? 2015-04-22 06:33:05 By the Sudan Democracy First Musa Hilal, once one of the principal commanders of the Janjaweed militias which supported the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) in the 2003/04 ethnic cleansing campaign in (...)

A brief history one man’s destructive misrepresentations 2015-04-18 08:07:54 By Eric Reeves Al Jazeera America is currently airing a two-part documentary that attempts to represent the character and causes of the catastrophe that has overtaken South Sudan following the (...)

Sudan’s election marred by arbitrary detention, and insecurity 2015-04-18 06:31:10 By African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies Sudan’s national general elections began on 13 April 2015. Scheduled to end on 15 April, they were extended one day by the National Elections (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A huge step in democratic consolidation 2015-04-22 13:12:25 EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN 3 CLEVELAND ROW, ST.JAMES'S LONDON SW1A 1DD TEL: 020-7839 8080 PRESS AND INFORMATION RELEASE (2/2015) Sudan’s 2015 Elections: A Huge Step in Democratic (...)

Sudanese security arrest rights defender Adil Bakheit 2015-04-18 08:04:21 FRONT-LINE DEFENDRSPress StatementSudan Human rights defender Adil Bakheit arrested Human rights defender Mr Adil Bakheit was arrested on 16 April 2015 by the National Intelligence and Security (...)

Which do you choose? Peace or War? 2015-04-18 06:16:42 To the South Sudanese Diaspora Which do you choose? Peace or War? Coalition of Advocates for South Sudan, April 11, 2015 “The Voice of the South Sudanese Diaspora” Who are/What is the South (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.