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Hundreds protest in W. Bahr el Ghazal over Sudan bomb attack


November 3, 2014 (WAU) – Hundred of residents in Western Bahr el Ghazal capital Wau took to the streets on Monday to protest over an alleged air attack carried out by Sudanese forces.

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Demonstrators in Wau, the capital of South Sudan’s Western Bahr el Ghazal state, protesting against a ground and air attack allegedly launched by Sudanese Armed Forces in Kitkit, 119 kilometer north of its Raja County (WBGS courtesy photo)

Two Sudanese war planes allegedly attacked Raja county’s densely populated Khor-Shamam area overnight on Saturday, releasing more than 30 bombs.

According to the Raja county commissioner Hassan Jallab, 35 civilians were killed in the attack, while at least 17 others were wounded.

Most of the dead and injured were women and children, who were sleeping at the time of the attack.

Protesters marched through the streets to the state council of ministers where there delivered a petition to the state government, calling on Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to end attacks on South Sudanese territory.

They were received by acting governor Zackaria Joseph Garang who also urged the Sudanese leader to refrain from aggressive military action.

“We condemn the attack and we are calling on the international community to urgently investigate the incidents and bring Sudan to an account for killing people of South Sudan while we become an independent nation,” protesters said in a statement, warning that any repeated attack would be met with a military response.

“We cannot allow our innocent people to die at the hands of [a] foreign attack; we have to protect our people,” they added.


Meanwhile, South Sudanese president Salva Kiir has confirmed he will not cancel his planned visit to Sudan for talks with Bashir despite growing outrage over the attack on Raja county.

The two leaders are scheduled to meet in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum, on Tuesday to discuss outstanding issues between the two countries, including a peace deal between South Sudan’s government and its rebel forces.

Presidential spokesperson Ateny Wek Ateny told Sudan Tribune on Monday that the trip had already been planned and would go ahead as scheduled.

“The president will not cancel the trip in the wake of this unfortunate development. It would be wise he goes so that he brings it up during the visit. It will actually be one of the issues to be discussed,” said Ateny.

While addressing the protesters at the council of ministers, Garang said that a Sudanese war plane was seen on Friday flying over Raja town.

The ruling party’s state secretary, Valantino Majok Majok, described the bombing of Raja as a combined attack planned between South Sudanese rebel forces under the command of former vice-president Riek Machar and the Sudanese government.

South Sudanese government and rebel forces have been locked in an armed struggle since mid-December last year after a political split in the country’s ruling party turned violent.

The spokesperson of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Khaled al-Sawarmi was not available for comment.

However, in previous air attacks similar to Sunday’s raid, the Sudanese army denies carrying out strikes inside the South Sudanese territory saying they bombed rebel elements sneaking from Darfur into South Sudan.

Khartoum and Juba used to trade accusations of support to rebel groups from both sides.

Recently South Sudanese officials repeatedly accused Sudan of providing support to pro-Machar forces who deny the claims.

Majok said Sudan’s support to the opposition group was evident when rebels carrying a Sudanese flag launched an attack on Unity state capital Bentiu.

South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson Phillip Aguer confirmed the incident in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Monday, saying an investigation team was due to be dispatched to Raja on Tueaday.

“We are still establishing the make of the plane [involved in the attack], but what we know is that the plane came from the direction of Sudan,” he said.

“We are yet waiting for more reports on this,” he added.


- S. Sudan accuses Sudanese army of killing 35 in air raids

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  • 4 November 2014 06:24, by Mi diit

    The bombings in Raja are a clear message to primitive president Nyankiir Museveni, telling her that she is stupid enough to come to Khartoum, begging Bashir while she tried to smuggle in Darfur rebels into South Sudan through Raja.

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    • 4 November 2014 07:35, by Mi diit

      While primitive Kiir squandered billions of South Sudanese money for his own greedy stomach in the last 10 years, he could not even purchase a cheap technology to identify which planes fly over South Sudan. Primitive loyalists like Philip Aguer depend on their naked eyes and directions to guess the type of planes. Ahahaha. I pity South Sudan!

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      • 4 November 2014 10:48, by mzalendo mwema

        Riek also looted $billion.
        He attempted coup and defeated.
        He is using North Sudan jets to destroy South Sudan,but will fail like 1991 and 2013.

        You (Riek’s hyenas) do not like to hear the word COUP but will accept whether you like it or not.South Sudan will never be part of North Sudan.We are INDEPENDENT NATION no matter what Useless Dr uses.

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    • 4 November 2014 08:08, by Johndumo14

      1-Salva kiir is using Uganda planes to bomb Dr Riek`s Rebels .
      2-Dr Riek Machar is using Sudan`s Planes to bomb Civilians in Wau.
      3-Dr Riek Machar is compused.
      4-The only way to get away with those rebels of Dr Riek Machar is only by war,we want this war to continue and we want to see how long he can pay this war,is expensive,to feed the nuer rebels for a long time,some will surrender and join s.s

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  • 4 November 2014 06:35, by Gatkuoth

    Sudan Raja Bombing 2014 just like Uganda Bombings in Greater Upper Nile 2013 and 2014 respectively are all violations of the territorial integrity of South Sudan. Both should be condemned.

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    • 4 November 2014 07:13, by Bentiu Sudan

      Dear President Bashir:

      Raja and Parieng are home for the Sudanese rebels. Please drop more than 5000 bombs in those areas. President Kiir has already violated territorial integrity by inviting Ugandan troops to bombs Nuer in their territory. What kind of territory integrity those idiots in Raja talking about? Why they did not protest when Uganda bombed Nuer with cluster bombs in their own land?

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  • 4 November 2014 07:21, by Bentiu Sudan

    Sudan Government,

    There were no civilian causality in Raja bombing at all. Those who were killed were all militants. There were no 35 civilians killed in the Raja bombing and there were no civilians causalities. The 35 civilians they are talking about were killed in the tribal clashes but not from the air strike from Sudan.

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    • 4 November 2014 10:36, by wang

      Son of Nuer(Bentiu Sudan)
      You have forgotten that there are 2 battalions at Paloich areas from N. Sudan rebels…Khartoum should also bombs those areas…God bless Khartoum

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      • 4 November 2014 10:39, by mzalendo mwema

        To:all rebels,

        Put the interest of your people above Riek’s leadership.Your people are traumatised and it is your collective responsibility to bring PEACE so that they return to their homes.Preaching war on the internet will not bring any benefit to your people rather than prolonging their sufferings.I urge all of you to speak the language of PEACE.War for you is unwinnable.

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    • 4 November 2014 10:38, by mzalendo mwema

      My condolence to deceased families,
      You have lost your love ones because of Dr Useless Riek.
      He wants to rule South Sudan by all means,even if it takes the lives of children,elders and women.But,there is one thing that mr Useless Dr must remember.South Sudan is an INDEPENDENT NATION and cannot be intimidated by useless groups of rebels without objective.Your final destination is failure,hyenas

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      • 4 November 2014 11:43, by Mayom County Boy

        it is clear now , sudan goverment is supporting Riek Machar
        rebels , with whatever they want , soon sudanese must fight back Riek Machar from what they agree,
        bombing innocent civilians with out reason must take some body like sudan president to court

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      • 4 November 2014 14:12, by Makjohnson

        War is the only language speaks by primitive dictators of all the nations. Salva Kiir can say fighting against the Mighty Nuer as right choice to keep him and the Dinka loots the country, but, in reality, he and those in his government knew that, fighting Nuer is not the right choice to keep him on power because, history of this country is not started today. Let waits and see who will win this war

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  • 4 November 2014 09:41, by Uncle J

    South Sudan as an independent nation, their government should install defence system that is capable of shooting down whatever war plane that enter their airspace territory without permission.

    For how long will Sudan continue aggressive acts as if South Sudan is not a different country? Sudan should not assume the powers of Israel like conducting airstrike and go without being held accountable

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  • 4 November 2014 20:30, by Northern Sudanese

    So what about the ugandan planes that since 2011 have 24/7 access to south sudanese airspace? they have also bombed south sudan , yet I never heard of any protestation. its like the hate towards north sudanese is still inside the blood of south sudanese.

    I hope this hate ends so that we return to 1 greater Sudan in the future under a fair leadership. after all, we are all sudanese.

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