The Sudan People’s Liberation Army-North (SPLA-N) issued a press statement on Monday, stating that they had resumed their bombardment of “military targets” inside the city of Kadugli, capital of South Kordofan.
SPLA-N spokesman Arnu Ngutulu Lodi states that from this morning and throughout the day, “National Congress Party (NCP) Air Force Antonov planes, jet fighters and heavy artillery extensively bombed and shelled several areas controlled by the SPLA-N mainly Atmur, Daloka, Umm Serdiba to the west of Kadugli”.
Lodi says that artillery units of the SPLA-N and Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) “responded and shelled several military targets inside Kadugli city.”
He repeated an appeal to civilians “to distance themselves from military targets”.
“We warn the NCP in Kadugli not to prevent the civilians from seeking safety or loot their property,” Lodi states. He also calls on the government “not to use civilians as a human shield”.
“The SPLA-N forces are advancing to liberate the city and will never fall back,” Lodi concludes.
Radio Dabanga was unable to independently verify these reports.
File photo: SPLA-N artillery shells
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“Student militiamen” affiliated to the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) reportedly arrested 15 Darfuri undergraduates on Sunday at the Omdurman Al Ahlia campus and two at the gate of the University of Sudan, both in Omdurman.
Witnesses told Radio Dabanga that during the arrest, students were beaten and humiliated in a university mosque. They were later handed over to the security services, on university grounds, and taken to an unknown destination.
A spokesman for the ‘Popular Front’ explained that four of its supporters were amongst the detainees, which include: Ibrahim Musa Hassan of the University of Omdurman Al Ahlia, faculty of Medical Laboratories, level II; Mawiya Adam Musa of the University of Omdurman Al Ahlia, faculty of Economics – Department of Business Administration, level IV; Mohamed Abdullah Al Abdulkarim of Sudan University School of Drama and Music, level V; Ahmed Abdurrahman Tahir, known as Obama of Sudan University, faculty of Music and Drama, level V.
Several students have criticised the administration of Sudanese universities for “allowing students belonging to the NCP and its militia to enter university campuses in military uniforms, armed with weapons, to randomly and unlawfully arrest Darfuri students, who are beaten, insulted and humiliated.”
They suggested to Radio Dabanga that “Sudanese universities are transforming themselves from centres of science and knowledge into ‘NCP militia camps.’”
Students are appealing to universities’ administrations and civil society organisations to “stop such random acts.”
File photo: An earlier student protest
Student violence at Omdurman Islamic University in Sudan (4 June 2013)
Sudan police kills student in his house in C Darfur –source (12 March 2013)
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June 16, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – South Sudanese vice-president Riek Machar is expected to arrive in Khartoum on Tuesday as the ruling National Congress Party (NCP) welcomed the South Sudanese intitaive.
Official sources in the Sudanese capital told Sudan Tribune that Machar would probably arrive Tuesday in Khartoum for meetings with the first vice-president Ali Osman Taha and a number of Sudanese government officials.
Government officials in Juba did not give the date of the visit stressing that preparations are taking place to organise the visit, but suggested that he may travel in the middle of next week.
The south Sudanese cabinet decided in its weekly meeting of Friday to hold high level dialogue with the Sudanese government in order to defuse the tensions between the two sides within the framework of the signed agreement.
Machar was tasked to lead this delegations and to travel to Khartoum to meet Sudanese frist vice-president Taha as the two are supposed to chair a joint committee to discuss the implementation of the cooperation agreements.
NCP media secretary Yasir Youssef, for his part, stated on Sunday that the Sudan’s ruling party welcomes Machar’s visit to Khartoum for talks on the support for rebel groups.
Speaking following a regular meeting of the NCP political sector committee, Youssef said that Juba support to the rebel groups is the main difference between the two countries.
“Any mechanism conducive to stop this support is welcome, whether it comes through visits, dialogue or proposals, provided that it leads to stop this support,” he further said.
Yasir also said his party welcomes the proposals made by the head of the African Union mediation Thabo Mbeki aiming to investigate accusations of support to rebel groups the two parties trade.
On Sunday, Khartoum also confirmed reports that the south Sudanese oil continue to flow normally expressing hopes that this would push Juba government to deal seriously this time with its support too rebel groups.
Sudanese officials who believe that some circles in Juba continue to support Sudanese rebel groups expressed hopes different times that the Kiir take the necessary measures to fix this issue.
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