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SPLA accuses northern army of border attack

By Bonifacio Taban Kuich

August 6, 2013 (BENTIU) – A South Sudan army (SPLA) official has accused northern forces of allegedly shooting its patrol soldiers at disputed border area between the two countries.

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The clash, according to Unity state’s fourth division commander, occurred after his forces witnessed their northern counterparts allegedly digging up more oil wells in Tachuin, a disputed area on Monday.

“The incident occurred when a group of SPLA soldiers accessed the buffer zone areas, which were used by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to drill fresh oil wells, resulting into unilateral fire exchange between the two armies,” James Koang Chuol told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

He accused the northern army of violation provisions of the the security agreements reached between both countries.

“We have for quite a long time been peaceful at the border, it was only yesterday when the incident occurred, but [the] situation is normal,” he said.

“We cannot attack SAF with only six soldiers while patrolling,” he added.

The army official, however, stressed that the confrontation between the two armies was “accidental” and not “intentional”, but blamed SAF for what occurred.

The incident came a day after a joint border verification monitoring team from the African Union and the SPLA visited Unity state to brief the governor on a proposed map demanding that both side withdraw their troops at least 10-km from the buffer zone.

The proposal, according to Chuol, will help reduce more tension at the border between the two countries.

“What we are trying do is to have peaceful coexistent between the two army forces to withdraw and create a buffer zone at the border, so that we have peace along our borders,” he said.

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Al-Sawarmi Khaled, the spokesperson for SAF said limited clashes occurred with the SPLA in Heglig near the border between the two countries on Monday.

The incident, he told SUNA, took place when the SPLA patrol got few kilometres inside the Sudanese area of Heglig, an oil producing area not far from the border between South Kordofan and Unity state.

He added that a Sudanese soldier was killed and two others injured while the SPLA patrol pulled back to South Sudan.

In April 2012, the South Sudanese army seized the oil producing area during 10 days before to withdraw its troops under international pressure preventing a return to all-out war between the two sides.

Heglig or Panthou, which is located at 23 km from Unity state, is claimed by the South Sudan but the African Union mediation refused to include it in the disputed areas.

The two countries reconfirmed recently their commitment to deploy joint patrols to monitor the border and to establish a demilitarized zone on the disputed areas.

They also vowed to stop supporting rebel groups from both sides and to open 10 crossing points on the border to facilitate the movement of people and goods between the two sides.

(ST)

Article source: http://www.sudantribune.com/spip.php?article47569

Mixed reports as JEM clash with Sudanese army in Kordofan

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) claim that they have taken control of the Jebel Adaiir mountain area in northern South Kordofan state, “captured four government soldiers, and eight vehicles after dispersing a government convoy” on Wednesday.

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) deny this, claiming to have “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the attacking rebels”.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from the field, JEM spokesman Jibril Adam Bilal claims that the movement’s forces have taken control of Jebel Adaiir, near to Abu Karshola, after they “dispersed an SAF convoy of 84 vehicles, including two tanks”.

Bilal says that during the battle, his forces “captured four SAF soldiers, six Land Cruisers, and two light trucks mounted with guns and carrying food and supplies”.

While SAF spokesman, Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, confirms that the SAF clashed with rebel forces, he paints a different picture.

Col Saad told the Sudan News Agency that “the remnants of the so-called Sudan Revolutionary Front on Wednesday attacked the village of Al Sidra in North Kordofan state, for the purpose of looting the property of citizens”. Al Sidra is close to the border with South Kordofan.

“SAF units in the area clashed with them and repulsed their aggression.” Col. Saad asserts that the army “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the attacking rebels and forced them to flee.” He added that five SAF soldiers “were martyred in the battle”, claiming that SAF troops are chasing remnants of the rebels.

File photo: SAF Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/53795

Mixed reports as JEM clash with Sudanese army column in Kordofan

The Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) claim that they have taken control of the Jabal Adaiir mountain area in northern South Kordofan state, “captured four government soldiers, and eight vehicles after dispersing a government convoy” on Wednesday.

The Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) deny this, claiming to have “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the attacking rebels”.

Speaking to Radio Dabanga from the field, JEM spokesman Jibril Adam Bilal claims that the movement’s forces have taken control of Jabal Adaiir, near to Abu Karshola, after they “dispersed an SAF convoy of 84 vehicles, including two tanks”.

Bilal says that during the battle, his forces “captured four SAF soldiers, six Land Cruisers, and two light trucks mounted with guns and carrying food and supplies”.

While SAF spokesman, Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad, confirms that the SAF clashed with rebel forces, he paints a different picture.

Col Saad told the Sudan News Agency that “the remnants of the so-called Revolutionary Front on Wednesday attacked the village of Al Sidra in North Kordofan state, for the purpose of looting the property of citizens”. Al Sidra is close to the border with South Kordofan.

“SAF units in the area clashed with them and repulsed their aggression.” Col. Saad asserts that the Armed Forces “inflicted heavy losses in lives and equipment on the attacking rebels and forced them to flee,” adding that five SAF soldiers “were martyred in the battle”, claiming that SAF troops are chasing remnants of the rebels.

File photo: SAF Colonel Al Sawarmi Khalid Saad

Article source: http://www.radiodabanga.org/node/53795

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