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Sudan’s air forces bombs oilfields in Unity State


March 26, 2012 (BENTIU) – The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) bombed oilfields in South Sudan’s Unity State on Tuesday morning in an escalation of large scale clashes that began on Monday.

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Sudan Tribune’s reporter in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, said that at 9am local time he saw SAF warplanes dropping bombs on oil fields located 20 km from Rukotana town.

News of the bombing has also been carried by Reuters which cited confirmation by the oil firm Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company (GNPOC), a joint venture between China, India, and Malaysia.

The bombing followed the eruption of clashes on Monday between SAF and South Sudan’s army, known as the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), around the oil-rich town of Heglig.

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir announced the SPLA’s takeover of Heglig and claimed that the military escalation was provoked by SAF which, according to him, launched aerial attacks on Jau and Pan Akuach followed by a ground forces assault against another area called Teshwin.

Echoing Kiir’s claims, Unity State minister of Information and Communication, Gideon Gatpan Thoar, told Sudan Tribune Monday that the clashes in Heglig started when SAF attacked the Teshwin area which is “the junction between Heglig oilfields and Pariang” County.

He further confirmed that SAF had been engaged in aerial bombardment of oilfields in Unity State since yesterday, saying that SPLA forces were currently “defending the country against SAF’s aggression.”

The Heglig clashes and the subsequent bombing of oilfields in Unity State ended a period of diplomatic rapprochement that saw the recently-separated countries reaching framework agreements on nationality and borders. The confrontation raises the possibility of Khartoum and Juba going back to full-scale war.

The clashes have also led to the cancellation of Al-Bashir’s planned summit with Kiir in Juba on 3 April.

The Sudanese 2nd Vice-President al-Haj Adam Youssef, in a live TV program, stressed that the repercussions of the Heglig attack does not allow for the visit to take place and accused South Sudan of plotting to control Heglig from the very beginning to prevent Sudan from using the oil wells.

Youssef warned that any attack on Sudan’s territory will be dealt with swiftly and emphasised that the attack will not pass lightly even if Juba makes a formal apology.


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  • 27 March 2012 11:58, by sudinka

    war planes of SAF bombed oilfields how do the South Sudan Government Respone this direct Attact?

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    • 27 March 2012 12:17, by Chok Deng

      Down down yah Bashir,SPLA will kick out your ass very soon,it is the right time to rule Sudan now because it is the land of our ancestors.

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      • 27 March 2012 12:22, by Anti Dinka’s

        Where is south sudan air force?

        once we show them that power
        they will never attempt to bomb us again
        Send the Boys to Israel to be train in airforce

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        • 27 March 2012 13:01, by Robot

          though the name sounds odd, it is a very nice question, but poke your ears somewhere and inquire about South Sudan Air force, only desperation is heavily hacking the Khartoum Govt. they will test the real fruits of war, i am happy bcause the four fake deals that undermine separation are not signed n will never be signed.

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          • 27 March 2012 13:09, by Robot

            Fulanis Bashir and Taha would soon go back to Nigeria were they belong, fake Arabs.

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        • 27 March 2012 13:18, by michael coma

          The government of south sudan should decided what to do today either to borrow or hired jet fighters from Israel for matter of 24 hours use and we will see whether to use wrestling or boxing to find out who wil be winner because we have fought for 22yrs and no winner.

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  • 27 March 2012 13:18, by wad balad

    This is the problem when u give a bunsh of gorilla rebels too much respect. Just because they are wearing suits now doesnt mean they are educated. SAF needs to remind the SPLA what they looked like not too long ago.

    If they think 6 years on they have become invinsible then we will remind them.

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    • 27 March 2012 20:12, by zulu

      Wad Agnabi,
      Try to be philosophical here and define what education is? Do not be proud with academic acreditation because without another niche that forms civility and prudence, education, (formal tabula rasa) you have nothing.

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  • 27 March 2012 14:59, by Konan


    It is no more hit a run game, it is no more guerilla war, now u have something to lose, now u have people to feed and defend, now it is face to face fighting simply u can’t run and hide in the bushes or neighboring countries. Now u must feel the heat and consequences of your evil deeds. It is punishment time.

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    • 27 March 2012 15:14, by Robot

      You are in the same bus but you are in the boot, your mind is still back at those days but the truth can speak for itself, we use to hit you hard when we didn’t have all the logistics, what about now that we have well planned strategies, you never have Darfur nor Beja...... think big, else it is an insult to you.

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      • 27 March 2012 15:46, by Konan


        Don’t think like a real Robot. Beja, Darfurian and Nubian (myself a half Nubian) are the backbone of Sudan. They are true Muslims. Traitors fighting in the enemy side don’t count. Primitive people like u can’t play divide and rule game with us. Very soon u will see them in the front lines defending their land.

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        • 27 March 2012 16:15, by Robot

          you make me laugh, this proves how short sighted and retarded in mind you are, you neither know happenings of the North nor the South, i just tried to educate you but you proof more backward, you are not in the North nor the South period. look at this sentence, ’Very soon u will see them in the front lines defending their land’ but from who??????????.

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          • 27 March 2012 16:53, by Konan


            Jungle breed, Dinka never had a fight against SAF, they used to hide behind Nuba, and now they are trying to hide behind Darfurians. Keyboard fighters I know u r hiding somewhere , abandon your luxurious living style and come back to fight as real men. Shamaleen, never argue with idiots, because they will drag u to their level then beat u with experience.

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          • 27 March 2012 17:12, by Konan

            Guys Mr. Robot, is asking..against who? ha ha ha ha really this is the most stupid question I ever heard, who is retard now? ha ha ha ha ha, Pls. don’t comment while u r drunk.

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        • 27 March 2012 22:52, by morogot batal


          why are you killing them if you know that they are the back born of your country ?
          - you threw their childrens on fire and rape their woman and armed arabs militias-janjawid to cliear darfurians+nuba mt.+blue nile.?

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  • 27 March 2012 15:09, by Emporio

    @ jalaba
    all northerners don’t have healthy behaviour, the direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small groups of a war eagles inside NCP try to drag whole nation in to war with S.S,it is sweet and fitting to die for one’s country,But in modern war there is nothing sweet nor fitting in your dying,You will die like a dog for no good reason arab

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    • 27 March 2012 16:48, by mohammed ali

      Emprio,you are absolutely right,war is a poor solution to any problem.Tell me what you will do when somebody pentrates deep in your land & occupy it, claiming that it is his!The message of SAF is very clear attack our oil fields we will attack yours; we will suffer immensly, but you will die, bearing in mind that you depend 100% on oil and have more than 50% who are starving & dying of hunger!

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  • 27 March 2012 15:27, by 4Justice

    This is a must have defense weapon needed to protect South Sudan from high altitude Air attacks.

    The Terminal High Altitude Air Defense (THAAD) system’s increased range, ten times that of Patriot, will provide both horizontal and vertical early engagement of targets.

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    • 28 March 2012 02:40, by Quol Quot

      4 Justice,

      Our government in the south has poor connection with friendly countries, the ones that can help us like Rusia and Iran are doing to Sudan. Salva Kiir never seek solutions ahead of time. What you have suggested is a perfect solution to these air raids. But poor home grown kids that are occupying top seats in the government did not see this threat coming to their doors in Juba.


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  • 27 March 2012 15:49, by viper

    Look at this political accomodated person called Al Haj Adam, who claims to be a responsible official in the NCP trying to talk about formal apology from us. We are not going to apologize to you at all couz we have just taken back our area that is called Hijlij. No apology and we meet soon in Abyei

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    • 28 March 2012 04:24, by zulu


      I love you man. I will add a little sote to this mix as it is now logical what Kiir did. Recall SAF occupied Abyei after alleging SPLA for attacking them? This time, SPLA occupied Heiglig after SAF attacks South Sudan. A perfect tit for tat which these devils have to be assured. Oh! Is there any mutual assured destruction doctrine here?

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    • 28 March 2012 09:28, by Luke

      You are right my friend, Arabs have no thinking and if they don’t, how can they think that South Sudanese will apologize for taking back their areas which were occupied by the enemy. instead of apologizing SPLA is advancing to Karasana and finally to Ngok palace (Abyei) to make the map of South Sudan look straigh. shame on our former foes Northern Ruling Party (NRP - NCP)

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    • 28 March 2012 09:29, by Luke

      You are right my friend, Arabs have no thinking and if they don’t, how can they think that South Sudanese will apologize for taking back their areas which were occupied by the enemy. instead of apologizing SPLA is advancing to Karasana and finally to Ngok palace (Abyei) to make the map of South Sudan look straigh. shame on our former foes Northern Ruling Party (NRP - NCP)

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  • 27 March 2012 19:30, by Baldit

    Bahir is a coward peasant, bombing south sudan oilfields is not the solution to arrest warrant by the international criminal court

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  • 27 March 2012 20:04, by panom lualbil

    I always commented like if I know that there is often an accussation by khartoum coincidently with action but those dumpass amnesty leaders don’t even seemed to notice. Where is GARANG AKOT who was well known during spla struggle to bring that fucking autonov down. It’s the only solution otherwise Bashiir would jealously ruin that valuable ground chemically. Please let ICC take Bashir to jail.

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  • 27 March 2012 20:43, by Elijah B. Elkan

    NIF/Islamic fanatics are getting a foot hold in Sudan government, and they are becoming a "NUISANCE" to the world. North Sudan be punish and punish severely. South Sudan, Darfur, Krodufan, Blue Nile, and Eastern Sudan must destroy Khartoum ones and for all.

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  • 28 March 2012 07:56, by Dinkawarrior

    It’s just a matter of time but Khartoum will face South Sudan force very soon! The Mighty Israel and U.S are working hard to build strong relationship with their Partner South Sudan as well as the Khartoum did with Russia and China. At this time Khartoum will be the best designated war zone and those fake Arabs will find their asses where they belong to.

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  • 28 March 2012 09:38, by Ross

    Congratulation to Sudan for announcing war against South Sudan. I wish i was in the war line. South must not cease the war until it reaches to the Sudan boarder, and then we negotiate with the Khartoum. This is only to give a lesson which Khartoum will not forget. I don’t care whether there is Southerners in Khartoum; let them be the victims of war.

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  • 28 March 2012 09:49, by Luke

    South Sudan is not and will not be in a position to regret. it was just last week when Mr. Pagan was in Khartoum while NCP was spreading lies that SPLA attacked them. it was just a tactic for them to attack SPLA forces. you guys don’t forget what had happened in Jau between Saf and Northern rebels and what would an independent Country do if come compared to the rebels? pls stop cry.

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    • 28 March 2012 09:59, by Luke

      South Sudan Army is fighting to protect the Country and its citizens, if SAF leave the South to 1956 border, no Southern will go to fight again. Arabs must leave the South and go to other part of SUDD land which was given to them since their coming from Middle East otherwise we will take back the whole of Sudan.

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  • 30 March 2012 09:48, by Asmera

    I am wondering that how Arabs do not have capacity/ability to think twice before their action. The more they took action against South Sudan the more North Sudan is leading to unsolvable problems. Al- Bashir use ur mind not your crazy machines- After all ur mind is crazy

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