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June 16, 2015 (JUBA) – South Sudan has accused neighbouring Sudanese government of carrying out air attacks inside South Sudan at a border area in the oil-rich Upper Nile state on Tuesday.

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A SPLA soldier looks at warplanes as he lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu April 23, 2012 (Photo Reuters/ Goran Tomasevic)

Upper Nile state officials said warplanes sighted as coming from neighbouring Sudan entered its airspace twice on Sunday and Monday this week in Maban county area, dropping bombs and injuring at least four children, including a woman.

The air attack, according to Upper Nile state minister of information and communications, Peter Hoth Tuach, took place on Sunday in Khor Tumbak, an area at the border with Sudan in Maban county, saying this was a clear “violation” of international law.

“Sudanese warplanes, Antonov, dropped two bombs on Sunday and again on Monday in Khor Tumbak area in Maban county, wounding four children including a woman,” Tuach told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“This is not the first time the Sudanese warplanes have dropped the bombs in the same area. They have done that before, destroying schools and local health centre,” he said.

Maban county commissioner John Ivo also told Sudan Tribune that the area witnessed two warplanes flying over again on Tuesday and dropped more bombs, calling it “a barbaric act in violation of the international norms and practices.”

South Sudanese army spokesperson Colonel Philip Aguer in a statement to the state owned South Sudan television on Monday accused Sudanese army of violating international law by repeatedly entering the airspace of another independent country without permission.

Aguer said the army was capable of defending the country against foreign aggression but added that the military leadership and its general command remained committed to respecting political process and bilateral agreement as a way to addressing security concerns at the common border with neighbouring country.

It remained unclear why this particular area in the border state has continued to be targeted by the Sudanese military.

Maban, which hosts over 130,000 Sudanese refugees, was bombed several times in 2014 by the Sudanese army, as Khartoum accuses the south Sudanese army of supporting the rebel Sudan people’s Liberation Movement- North (SPLM-N).

The Sudanese army recently intensified attacks on the positions of the rebel SPLM-N, which controls some areas near the Upper Nile state.

Sudan and South Sudan have been trading accusations about the activities of their respective rebel groups at the border.

Last April, Sudanese government troops ambushed in a remote area in South Darfur near the border western the fighters of the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) who reportedly crossed from the South Sudan Western Bahr el-Ghazal.

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  • 16 June 2015 22:40, by Northern Sudanese

    we have told kiir every time, if you don’t stop supporting SPLA/N then we would continue to chase them even inside South Sudan.

    lets work towards creating peace for the benefit of all people

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    • 17 June 2015 09:42, by Clausewitz

      I don’t want to hear any complaints from this pathetic excuse of a government concerning aerial bombardment from Khartoum’s second rate air force. Juba had the time, opportunity and resources to purchase a comprehensive air defence system but instead chose to steal billions of dollars for their own aggrandizement. The idiots in Juba deserve to be forced to the wall and shot.

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    • 17 June 2015 14:36, by Bentiu Sudan

      Northern Sudanese,

      Kiir does not know the word "peace" that you are talking about. South Sudanese have been accusing Northern Sudanese of Marginalization and dictatorship. What set South Sudan apart now from Sudan? Kiir is clueless, goofy, and terrible dictator in the continent of Africa. President Bashir is 100 times smart than Salva Kiir. Bashir target only politicians and Kiir targets tribes.

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    • 17 June 2015 16:26, by Hardlinner

      If Ukraine rebels can shoot high altitude plane why not foolish kiir. This idiot think he can shoot high altitude antonov with 1945 anti aircraft gun. Shame on u kiir. A buk defense system won’t cost s sudan a fortune. Stop ur village mentality and live up to 21st century. There r million of well educated ss capable of give u 21st c.advice. Stop your nativity and listen to people who know better

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  • 17 June 2015 02:33, by Marco A. Wek

    If you cannot shoot down their airplanes that violate your air space, then please keep quit and just watch. It is imbarrassing to complain all the time while doing nothing about. I thought when we became independent, we could at least buy anti air defense system.

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  • 17 June 2015 11:42, by Konan

    Instead of discussing the outcome, focus on the root of the problem, Kiir and his Dinka Kingdom insisted on supporting and harboring Sudanese rebels, remember we are only chasing and bombing our rebels inside your territory not your people. So stop crying and kick them out of your country and the problem is solved.

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    • 17 June 2015 11:59, by Clausewitz

      Konan:

      It was Khartoum that started the game of supporting rebels across the Greater Sudan border. Reports from International Crisis Group have comprehensively documented Khartoum’s support of the LRA in their destabilizing activities in South Sudan all the way back in 2006 — years before there was an SPLM-N...

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      • 17 June 2015 12:00, by Clausewitz

        ..Khartoum supported the now defunct South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army (SSDM/A), the SSDM/A-Cobra faction and the South Sudan Liberation Army (SSLA) a full year before war erupted in South Kordofan and Blue Nile. We didn’t start this, and considering that Khartoum occupies over 20, 000km2 of our territory, our hostility is to be expected.

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        • 17 June 2015 12:01, by Clausewitz

          I expect Khartoum to continue arming the rebels. This is natural and I take no issue with this. I take issue with the death-deserving incompetence and narcolepsy in Juba that has utterly failed to bridle Khartoum’s ability to arm rebels in our territory.

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      • 17 June 2015 12:55, by Stephen kuach

        what a shame.
        humiliations after humiliations by the Sudanese government and no one stoping them because our leaders in the South are so busy killing their own citizens,South Sudan had never been weak before comparing to what we’re witnessing.

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      • 17 June 2015 13:45, by sudani ana

        Clausewitz:

        When the Sudanese government(this is my own opinion)supported LRA it was tit for tat because Uganda supported SPLA. During the civil war Sudan supported other factions in SS to weaken SPLM/A. Currently the same is happening. This previously happened with Ethiopia and Chad. Look at our relationships with Chad and Ethiopia now, aren’t they built on mutual respect and non-interference

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        • 17 June 2015 14:13, by sudani ana

          Like I said Sudan now enjoys excellent relationships with Chad and Ethiopia which benefit all parties involved. Sudan would benefit more from a stable, non-aggressive South Sudan than from a fractured and chaotic SS. We would benefit from trade, oil transit fees and less burden of refugees. Clearly, its a no brainer, stop supporting our rebels and we’ll stop supporting yours.

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          • 17 June 2015 15:34, by Clausewitz

            sudani ana:

            You supported our rebels before we supported yours, and you dare accuse us of aggression? You were suppose to return the Kafia Kingi enclave [per the terms of the CPA] and yet you still refuse to return it. It’s clear that it’s you that’s been aggressive. Just be grateful that Salva Kiir is in power, because when he’s gone, this humiliation will end with him.

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            • 17 June 2015 15:45, by Clausewitz

              I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

              I don’t reject or rule out the prospect of rapprochement and possibly even genuine friendship... but to achieve the peace that you so cynically evoke in the absence of returning occupied territories [a war of a kind]… would be the equivalent of a mesmerizing Houdini spectacle.

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              • 17 June 2015 15:50, by Clausewitz

                The Kafia Kingi enclave was veritably within the borders of southern Sudan from the days of the Condominium up until it was annexed from the South and given to Darfur in 1960 by Ibrahim Abboud. Do you expect us to forget that and just be friends? How!? You don’t have territorial disputes with Chad or Ethiopia, so there’s no equivalence.

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        • 17 June 2015 14:19, by Bentiu Sudan

          Sudanese,

          Please bombs Juba and Warrap and if you are capable of taking back South Sudan, please do so. The democracy and marginalization that we were fighting for become delusion. There is no reason to have two dictators in the same country. One in the north and the other one is in the Southern part of the country. It is better for all Sudanese to have only one dictator to deal with.

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          • 17 June 2015 14:43, by Lango2010

            Konan, Bentiu Sudan
            Sudan and South Sudan Will never become one again for life. i heard the government in Juba for indulging herself in corruption and let go free the 75 official with 4 billion dollars that could have been used to challenge Sudanese violation of our airspace.

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            • 17 June 2015 14:47, by Lango2010

              the head of the 75 corrupted high government official is Dr. Riak Machar with many others that rebels with him and some are still existing in government, it is a collective role of the South Sudanese to Find a way of cracking the corruption in the Country.

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          • 17 June 2015 16:04, by Clausewitz

            Bentiu Sudan:

            You don’t speak for all of us. What you’re calling for is treason. Wasn’t being an ally of Khartoum and defending the oilfields on their behalf enough? Khartoum doesn’t have the capabilities to take back the South, so quiet your soul.

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            • 17 June 2015 17:18, by sudani ana

              Clausewitz

              I understand Bentiu Sudan sentiment to be rhetorical rather than meant literally. Anyhow, I doubt very much that Sudan government would want to take back the South. No northerner would agree to re-unification, or rather the majority would disagree, even if it was by peaceful means.

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              • 17 June 2015 17:38, by Clausewitz

                sudani ana:

                Believe me, the absolute need for separation is two million times stronger in the South than it is in the North. We will not have an opportunity to reconcile as long you [regular citizens of the North] support the occupation of Southern territory. You know that the Kafia Kingi enclave belongs to the South and yet you have not expressed opposition to this occupation. Why?

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  • 17 June 2015 17:33, by Abyei Soil

    If Sudan stop violating South Sudan territorial agreement then River Nile can get dry the day they stop. Sudan is addicted to discrimination.

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  • 17 June 2015 19:37, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    We have young people that are capable of new Technology. But old people in GOSS are so dune and could not think in advance. Those appointed are only to loot south Sudan resource to make themselves rich. They could not send people for training to Russia for air Defence. Very cheap there training for.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-300_%28missile%29

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