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Juba condemns Sudan’s air attacks as SPLA say its troops are on "high alert"


November 23, 2012 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese cabinet on Friday passed a resolution condemning the "continuous unprovoked attacks" by the Sudanese army in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, while the army said its forces are on high alert.

A member of the SPLA plays a trombone in Juba (Photo Getty)

"The council of ministers in its sitting of today chaired by President Salva Kiir Mayardit received reports of repeated attacks on the state of Northern Bahr el Ghazal in which some civilians have been killed. They have been carried out by the Sudanese armed forces for the last four days, in areas which are inside the territory of South Sudan," said Barnaba Marial Benjamin, South Sudan’s Minister of Information on Friday.

Marial further said the council unanimously passed a resolution condemning the attack and called on the international community to hold Sudan responsible for the loss of lives and properties in the area.

"They came again today but we have not yet received details but it is likely there must be reports," Marial added.

The Sudanese army denied attacking the South Sudanese territory of Northern Bahr el-Ghazal stressing that its attacks are limited to the neighbouring East Darfur State where it had spoke about newly established rebel camps, 10 kilometers north of the disputed area ’Mile 14’ area.

Al-Sawarmi Khaled, the Sudanese army spokesperson, also accused Juba of continuing to back the rebels groups which constitute the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), violating a security deal were the two sides committed to stop such support.

The Sudanese army has remained silent on its activities on the borders with the South Sudan.

SPLA spokesperson, Philip Aguer, on Thursday accused Khartoum of massing troops along the border near Raja in Raja County in Western Bahr el Ghazal adding that their intention is to carry out ground attacks inside South Sudanese territory.

Major General Santino Deng Wol, commander of the SPLA’s Division III told Sudan Tribune on Friday that the SPLA forces are on a high state of alert, closely monitoring the movement of Sudanese troops. He said that planes were in the area but had not carried out air attacks.

"They were hovering about. We have also been reliably informed of their activities. We are fully aware but as an army we just cannot act without receiving orders. We are waiting for directives and instructions from the general command," Wol further told Sudan Tribune from Wunyiik, an army base in the area.

General Wol said he returned from a field visit to SPLA advanced positions in areas around Abyei and Twic county to find that some parts of Aweil North County have been completely deserted by civilians due to aerial bombardments carried out by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

He added that is planning to visit the affected areas "soon so that I see the damage caused by these bombardments myself and to talk with the commissioner to encourage civilians to dig trenches in their houses instead of allowing themselves to be killed by flying shrapnel and bombs out of fears.

At least 7 people, most of whom civilians, predominantly women and children have died in air attacks allegedly carried out by Sudanese armed forces since Tuesday, according to local officials. Several others have sustained injuries and unkn own number of civilians have been displaced.

Although Sudan has denied any involvement in the attack, local officials and the South Sudan Army (SPLA) say there is clear evidence that (SAF) have bombed the area.

Madut Dut Yel, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State’s acting governor, commended the army for showing restraint, saying that Sudan’s attempts to “drag the new nation back to war" are not in the interest of the citizens of the two countries.

"The need for peace to prevail between the two countries could clearly be seen from how Sudanese celebrated the signing of the cooperation agreement when president Bashir returned to Khartoum. They started crossing with goods before implementation process of the agreement has actually been officially started," Yel told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

He commended local youth for their reaction to the bombing, many have helped the elderly, pregnant women and the children leave the area, he said.

The Acting Governor said they will not respond to Khartoum’s military provocations aiming at returning the two countries to war.

We are committed "to the objective of having two viable states although someone [the Khartoum government] is trying to derails these efforts. We will remain committed to respecting policy of our national government and the leadership of the SPLM."

"If we hit back, then we shall have helped Sudan to accomplish its purposes and goals of wanting the two countries to return to war because this is the tactic which officials in [Sudan’s ruling] National Congress Party employed to remain in power," he further said.

Mel Wal Achien, who represents the area as an Member of Parliament in the National Assembly in Juba, said the Sudanese army want to empty the area from the South Sudanese population before capturing.

The Sudan Armed Forces have been bombed villages deep inside South Sudan, "which are not located anywhere near military positions", Achien told Sudan Tribune on Friday.

The bombing was a tactic, Achien said, to drive the civil population from the area in order to occupy it. "These are the tactics which Sudan employs and we know them, I am a soldier myself", said the MP who fought in the SPLA during the two-decade civil war that resulted in a 2005 and South Sudan’s independence six years later.

He called on the population to not lose trust and confidence in the capability of the SPLA to protect them and their properties from external aggression, explaining that the army will not allow a ground attack.

Deng Thiep Akok, former commissioner of Aweil County, said he had not received news suggesting their were any fresh bomb attacks on Friday. Akok also assured civilians in the area that the country’s has not relinquished its duties to protect the new country’s territory and resources.

South Sudan’s army and politicians are "giving diplomatic efforts and peace a chance, but are also prepared for the possibility if the peace cannot hold. They know when to act accordingly," he said.

Colonel Phillip Aguer, spokesperson of South Sudan army (SPLA), also said his office did not receive reports of new aerial bombardments on Friday but that the army was closely monitoring activities of the Sudan Armed Forces along the border and was on maximum alert.


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  • 24 November 2012 08:18, by pabaak

    Passing this and that " resolutions condemning" Khartoum’s aggression behavior is not a solution, authorities in Juba has to live up to their mandate of protecting South Sudanese from Khartoum genocidal Government, when was said that we’ll be having air defense system that capable of protecting our air, its was six months ago, every single South Sudanese die from Sudanese raid is not acceptable

    • 24 November 2012 08:50, by Ahmed Chol

      It seems like some of the top officials in our government were home grown kids. It seems like they have not known who the Arabs are since 1983. This issue of the pipeline will be used maim the Southerners if you are not careful. The Arabs will use it as a tool to achieve their goals. Be smarter than the devil before you sharing a purse with him.

    • 24 November 2012 09:14, by Dinkawarrior

      It’s too late to call! How long will it take for any President to condemns any aggression from other country or to comforts the family members who lost their loved ones? The Kiir Administration will be hold accountable for not doing their jobs, they’re running after oil while they’re ignoring threat from Khartoum. Southerners are seriously watching your stupidities!

      • 24 November 2012 09:48, by Dinkawarrior

        The goddamn foreign minister who is unfit but wish to be in that position is the one to be blame! Nhial is repeating the same mistakes he did during the Panthou war, why he didn’t show up to say something? He is the first person to take that chance and alert the public on such stupid behaviors of Khartoum! Nhial Deng is deadly wrong and he is unqualified to be foreign Minister!! Shame on him!!

        • 24 November 2012 13:09, by Dinkawarrior

          Mr. KANDAN!
          Both President and Vice President are the same! They’re cowardice, they’re sex-offenders, they’re theives, they’re power-greediers, they’re laziers, they’re liars, and they’re ready to die. The only different is that Mr. Cowboy is an Alcoholic while Dr. Holocaust is a Murder. Shame on them!!

          • 24 November 2012 13:21, by Mach-Ajong

            HA HA! Dinka Warrior.
            Also they’re big bellies.

          • 24 November 2012 13:30, by manyang mawech

            HAHA Dinka W. you stol my comment man and that is true.. people of South need to put both men in jail.

    • 24 November 2012 10:21, by South South

      Attack Mariam and kill more penguins, that is the only language fake black Arabs undertsand.

      • 24 November 2012 10:33, by dinkdong

        What the crap are you talking about?

    • 24 November 2012 13:59, by Baring

      Dear South Sudanese Youth.
      Our leadership in Juba are taking us into woring direction for not paying attention to defened our civilian in Northern Bahar Elgazal. We are a new country that has no pirority for what the country need first. if some one stilling caws we’ll care so much, but defending human life is not 1st agenda for Kiir Govt.

  • 24 November 2012 08:41, by George Bol

    Khartoum is toothless to bit mighty SPLA even though they acquired their air defend and others from IRAN and Middle East.SPLA still chase them with our light weapons and even spears we can run to the battlefield and later get guns. For me, Khartoum listen through the barrel of guns but not peace dialogue. Peace mean disagreement for them and war mean peace. Let used Dr John Garang tactics

  • 24 November 2012 08:48, by George Bol

    UN did not blame Khartoum since they bomb S.Sudan territories. Khartoum did that in March and April when they attack Jau, Panakuach, Pariak, and Abyei but when mighty SPLA react, the world started blaming the South. Is this not a child game?

    • 24 November 2012 09:16, by Peter Marko

      My friend, UN is being directed by the Western World, led by the son of Hussien, and he decided to turn a blind eye to Al-Bashit’s atrocities in N. M and B. Nile. So, how could you expect UN to condemn such atatacks. Do not be naive like our leaders who always complaint to UN, but ignored, and when they are ordered to withdraw they do it in the split of a second. I started to loss faith in Kiir.

  • 24 November 2012 09:38, by Mike

    UN is nothing to deal with our affairs,so the goverment should make sure we deal with the intruders according with out mercy.
    The silence of the international community on the killing of our civilian is unjustifible, is better lesson for SPLA to act in their mandate of protecting the civilian and integrity of our land than waiting for UN to condemn Khartoum which will not happenned soon.

  • 24 November 2012 10:09, by KANDAN

    Correction. the Council of Ministers Yesterday was Chaired by Vice President according to SSTV News in the evening time.
    Sudan didn’t mean the real agreement but they were thinking of expossing the South Sudan to the AU and the rest of the International Communities
    But we had accepted and respected the agreement these are the lessons which will be believed by the UN becuase have been denyin

    • 24 November 2012 12:49, by Dinkawarrior

      Mr. KANDAN!
      Both President and Vice President are the same! They’re cowardice, they’re sex-offenders, they’re theives, they’re power-greediers, they’re laziers, they’re iars, and they’re ready to die. The only different is that Mr. Cowboy is an Alcoholic while Dr. Holocaust is a Murder. Shame on them!!

  • 24 November 2012 10:12, by Aarai Baka

    Never rely on Salva or defended on him as he never means his words. I fell ashamed to have president like hime who never keeps his words at all.

  • 24 November 2012 10:22, by 4Justice

    All those years Salva was roaming the bush like a dingo no one knew he was retarded and useless until now? I need some pain killers.

    • 24 November 2012 17:09, by Jok 011

      4Justices, you made me lough man. Yes Salva have never been un out standing leader since in the strugle, all he has is imal and he was just a follower. you can see now, he have had no plan to build an airport for SPLA seperate from the civilian airport, since the intrem periot until now, so don’t anyone espect anything good from him. Our SPLA must be strong because It has never been about money

      • 24 November 2012 17:19, by Jok 011

        but our Indentity, integrity and freedom, than we will have anything we wants with out being intermedate by somebody, likes these retarded pig animal call Bashir.

  • 24 November 2012 11:13, by mudfish

    South Sudan Government have to do samething for the aggresion habavior of Sudan,the international commicunity can’t do anything.civian are ever killed .so haw came we call ourself the Nation if government is unable to defense and secure the citizen.

  • 24 November 2012 12:17, by Badi Malawi

    may the soul of innocent civilians rest in peace, why is not our president declare mobilization agaisnt khartoum? why do we say we are free from marginalisation while some civilians are still dying ? i appeal to our forces to launches one day attack to those jalabi

    • 24 November 2012 12:50, by Dinkawarrior

      Mr. KANDAN!
      Both President and Vice President are the same! They’re cowardice, they’re sex-offenders, they’re theives, they’re power-greediers, they’re laziers, they’re iars, and they’re ready to die. The only different is that Mr. Cowboy is an Alcoholic while Dr. Holocaust is a Murder. Shame on them!!

      • 24 November 2012 13:13, by Ruach

        Dinka warrior,
        Riek is not a murderer. Its absolutely false allegation

        • 25 November 2012 22:01, by panom lualbil

          HEY GUYS!
          The ONLY thing that MR. PRESIDENT worry about in war are CIVILIANS. Becos most counties in UNITY STATES are not members of SPLA, but Bashier’s military who would take advantage of war against insane ppl for foods.

    • 24 November 2012 13:04, by Ruach

      President Kiir
      Mouth condemnation to Khartoum terrorists is like condemning dogs who can come and go! They won’t understand and accept it! They ain’t different from Gaza Terrorists!The only heat is to give them Heglig lessons for 10 days

      • 24 November 2012 17:33, by sudani ana

        You mean Gaza heroes, the great Palastinian freedom fighters. The only terrorists in Palastine are the Jews murderers of women and children.

        • 24 November 2012 18:26, by Ruach

          Lol,when the cease fire was announced and accepted by mighty Israeli the Gaza Terrorists went to the streets announcing victory! Their rockets were trapped by Irael ’s Dome Systems and thrown into the oceans! Lol 160 confirmed dead in Gaza and only 5 on Israeli side while they are fighting against all Arabs countries like South Sudan!

  • 24 November 2012 20:24, by Whortti Bor Manza

    The SPLA are pretty excellent at maning road blocks, extoring money and harassing the poor civilians. See in Juba they are busy searching tinted cars. This is a weak army with strong affinity for materials. Resolutions condemning Khart is not a solution, but swift response. Shame on u cabals.

  • 24 November 2012 20:39, by never

    folks never blame spla soldiers, they are doing their best with few weapons they have to protect our boarder. on other hand, our government in juba focus on stealing money rether then buying weapons which can help our soldier to fight a war but our government abandent them.

  • 24 November 2012 21:39, by Nguetbuny de Luelpiny

    international community to hold Sudan responsible for the loss of lives and properties in the area. The south officials are not confidence of themselves.Intertional do not stand with weak people,who does not know their right and protect themselves. They strong with strong Nation,vocal,action taking country. This does not need International to involve when it come to internal country problem.

  • 24 November 2012 21:49, by Kikiji longiro

    South sudanese are fighting in a forest.The war Al Bashir is heading for with his antinovs is a simple war.Without Towns where can the antinovs find people? Do you know how much is the price of one antinov,s bullet? The looser is still the looser.South Sudanese have rights to blame SPLA/M because they loose people without SPLA/M,s correct revange.Al Bashir needs heavy funishment.

    • 24 November 2012 22:36, by never

      guess what, this is not a simple war has you put it.south sudan forest belong to them. we do not need anyone to came and drop a bomb or anything into our forests. we have alot of wildlife out there. please be advise that this land is for southerners and not for sudan.

  • 24 November 2012 21:59, by Kikiji longiro

    Killing 5 sneak to bring 15 of his soldiers or citizens & ask him/THEM throught UN to come & collect them after paying the death ones.If he kills in the towns,go and bring in his small towns or villages.
    If you are stay a brother of sturbon you need to be more sturbon." THIS ARE THE PRINCIPALS OF ISREALIS & HAMAS."

  • 24 November 2012 22:17, by Kikiji longiro


    • 25 November 2012 01:58, by Darkangel

      Deputy Spokesperson Eduardo Del Buey: Well, from what I understand, the bombing, if it took place, it took place outside of the zone where UNMISS is.
      The bombings reportedly took place in the north of the disputed 1-1-56 boundary.
      Naive southerners - Lies lies lies by your leaders.

  • 25 November 2012 03:09, by lockce

    All we are seriously carrying out is skiing the moguls; we are able to both the north face outlet online the obstacle or sit within the sidelines and watch our lives pass by. So get available - we are not receiving any young. Dwell your life like there isn’t a tomorrow. Acquire your kids fishing, go camping along with your relatives, strategy the w

  • 25 November 2012 05:20, by Mr Equal

    You have tow options. you either quite supporting SLPM-N. So you will not be bomb or you suport them and be strong to fight back whenever north bomb you. othewise UN can not and always will not care about you.

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