Abyei Under SAF Seized

KHARTOUM, May 22 (Reuters) – Sudan’s northern army seized control of the disputed, oil-producing Abyei region, officials said on Sunday, forcing thousands to flee and bringing the country’s north and south to the brink of full conflict.

Khartoum sent tanks into Abyei town, the area’s main settlement, on Saturday, the United Nations said after weeks of growing tension and accusations of skirmishes by both sides.

Analysts fear northern and southern fighting over Abyei could reignite a full blown war in Sudan, a development that could have a devastating impact on its neighbours which include Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia. Continue reading “Abyei Under SAF Seized”

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SAF Took Over Abyei

May 21, 2011 (WASHINGTON) – The United States on Saturday rebuked the Sudanese government over its army’s move on the disputed border region of Abyei which elevated fears of a full-scale war between the North and South.

Sudan state TV quoted an unidentified military source as saying that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) managed to take over Abyei and inflicted heavy losses on the “enemy”.

“The SAF reached the town of Abyei by sunset and tightened control over it and drove enemy forces to the South,” the source said. Continue reading “SAF Took Over Abyei”

SAF: Preparing Retaliation On SPLA Ambush

Khartoum – Sudanese Armed Force (SAF) announced readiness to hit back the attack conducted by Sudan People’s liberation Army (SPLA) against a SAF convoy in Abyei accompanied by elements from the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) early on Friday.
SAF Intelligence Deputy Chief, Major-General Siddig Amir told press that SPLA ambushed a SAF convey accompanied by elements from UNAMIS seven kilometers off Abyei, adding that SPLA used heavy weapons resulting in huge loss in the part of SAF, affirming that they sent a message to UN troop Commander who was in Abyei at that time, adding that the commander attempted to attribute the attack to unknown parties. He cleared that the attack claimed the lives of 22 soldiers from SAF. Continue reading “SAF: Preparing Retaliation On SPLA Ambush”

US: Called S.Sudan To Account On Attacking SAF

WASHINGTON — The United States on Friday called on south Sudan to “account” for an assault on northern Sudanese troops as they were escorted by UN peacekeepers in the flashpoint Abyei border district.
“The United States deplores a reported attack yesterday of southern forces on a UN convoy that was transporting a company of Sudanese armed forces Joint Integrated Units in Abyei,” State Department spokesman Mark Toner said. Continue reading “US: Called S.Sudan To Account On Attacking SAF”

More Attacks On Abyei

KHARTOUM, May 21 (Reuters) – South Sudan said northern forces had attacked villages in the Abyei border region for a second day on Saturday after both sides accused each other of staging violence in the contested area.

Southerners voted in January to become independent on July 9 but the oil-producing Abyei region has emerged as an obstacle to a peaceful split as both sides have built up forces there, the United Nations has said.

The southern army (SPLA) said northern forces had attacked SPLA forces in at least four villages, among them Todach and Tagalei, which it said had been already hit on Friday. Continue reading “More Attacks On Abyei”

S.Sudan:Independence Process Gearing Up

JUBA, 19th May, 2011 [Gurtong] –South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola and Zambia’s heads of State have pledged to grace the South Sudan independence celebrations scheduled for July 9th 2011.

This was revealed by Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin, the Minister for Information in the Government of Southern Sudan late this week at the Juba International Airport when he arrived from an extensive trip to these countries to deliver a special message from President Salva Kiir Mayardit.

“It was a pleasure for me to deliver congratulatory messages on a successful referendum from the leaders as well as good wishes for independence”, he said.

He appealed to the South Sudanese citizens to welcome the key guests during the celebrations. Continue reading “S.Sudan:Independence Process Gearing Up”

Rumbek: Killing turns to women and children.

By: Benjamin Majok Mon.

May 21, 2011(Rumbek)-at least  a woman with her two girls were gunned down by unidentified gunmen allegedly said to be from Rumbek central county of Lakes  on Thursday night  in Buot village  of  Duony Payam of Cueibet county.

 In an interview with commissioner of Cueibet County mister Isaac Mayom Malek confirmed to the journalist that at least a mother known as Ajak Mabor Kamic with her two girls, one year girl Yar Deng Padang  and nine years old girl  Ager Deng Padang  were  all  shot  dead on Thursday night.

 The issue of sectional and tribal fighting have hit Lakes state since April to May this year in which over 50 people have so far died across the state.

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