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Sudan’s air forces reportedly kill civilians in South Kordofan


January 14, 2012 (KHARTOUM) – Heavy fighting erupted last week between Sudan’s army (SAF) and rebels in the border state of South Kordofan amid reports of civilians being killed in aerial bombardment.

Picture of civilians displaced by new fighting in South Kordofan (ST)

South Kordofan has been the scene of a conflict between Sudanese forces and rebels of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-North (SPLM/A-N).

The fighting, which erupted since June last year, has already displaced 417,000, according to UN estimates.

Last week’s battles, which occurred on Tuesday and Wednesday, started when SAF launched an offensive attack on the rebels-controlled villages of Buram and Tess, south of the state’s capital Kadugli and north of the borders with South Sudan.

According to Sudan Tribune’s sources, SPLA-N forces repelled the attack and SAF retreated to Kadugli.

The rebels said their forces killed a number of SAF soldiers, destroyed a convoy and seized weapons.

"We destroyed one complete convoy ... five big trucks carrying ammunition and guns while four other trucks were captured and the bodies of five government soldiers left on the ground” a rebels spokesman told AFP on Saturday.

Sources on the ground told Sudan Tribune that many civilians were killed and wounded when SAF bombed surrounding villages during the fighting.However, no exact figure could be verified.

Sudan Tribune has also received photos purporting to show wounded and displaced civilians.

The rebel spokesman quoted by AFP said that 16 villagers were killed and 26 wounded during the attack.

On the other hand, SAF’s spokesperson Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad confirmed that their troops conducted a “wide operation” that expelled the rebels. But he denied the bombing and the killings.

"We don’t have figures for dead or wounded" on either the government or rebel sides, he said, as quoted by AFP.

Claims made with regards to the conflict in South Kordofan are difficult to verify due to the near-total absence of media or aid personnel in the state.

Khartoum has refused to allow foreign aid groups to access the area or setup displacement camps.


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  • 15 January 2012 08:17, by Sir. Nostalgic

    Dear Southern Kordufan people, for you to liberate yourselves from Marginalization, it would be struggle so that you defeat this fake leadership of Arabs and rule yourselves in Kordufan and Blue Nile. The world will help you because you are all right. Thanks for struggle!

    • 15 January 2012 09:29, by Logic

      The usual SAF pussycat tactics.

      They get whopped on the battlefield so they resort to their indiscriminate bombing of civilians. What a bunch of brave soldiers they are...wow!

      The SRF will never stop till the last man standing. The NCP will vacate the seat of power come what may.

  • 15 January 2012 10:00, by Ayuen deng

    we wish SPLA North success to librate people in Blue Nile, north and south Khordofan and Darfar.

  • 15 January 2012 15:45, by James Maker Akok

    North Sudan force got whopped by SRF, and they denied.

  • 15 January 2012 17:46, by Good Citizen

    Shameless Nuer on WELFARE RECEPIENT in USA collected about $45,000 welfare money and send them to destabilize our nation south sudan. SHAME ON WELFARE RECEPIENT NUER!! Collecting useless money to Buy useless Arab guns! shame
    on you!http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_new...

    • 16 January 2012 10:17, by Epuol

      Kindly sir could you go back and check the topic,What & how it talk about?
      And if you get the topic,Did you got any tribe mentioned there?
      You are sick.

  • 15 January 2012 18:26, by lick my ass

    I do not get why some people fail to comment within the context. i guess it might be caused by failure to comprehend the topic. SPLA-N is at its best and sooner/later the Sudan SAF will be in turmoil.

  • 16 January 2012 10:28, by Epuol

    Can the NCP lies the world that they are in democratic state?If they are, why killing civillian by the gov,t.Do they know the word the gov,t of peoples,for peoples and by the peoples?They also restrick the food aid to the war affacted peoples of Kordufan and Blue nile.

    That is arab discrimination.Contineouse all of you will go sooon.

  • 16 January 2012 11:17, by ILoveSudan

    be honest. Do you really believe you have been liberated??
    you think we were enslaving you? you think we were treating you bad as second class citizens?
    well before you pass judgements on notherners think twice about what you are heading for, the new tribal masters, the foreign masters, the thieves, drain of resources on arms the way you will be again in the margin n enslaved.

  • 16 January 2012 13:36, by Epuol

    "Lol" you are lying.Don,t mention this tirbal conflict in South Sudan.For us it is not abig deal is now finishing.

    It is not reaching to tomorrow as the gov,t of South Sudan
    intervent to give full security to its citizens.

    I am sure no need of your Idea from our side.

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