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Unexploded ordnance kill 13 people in South Kordofan

August 10, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) and landmines killed 13 people and wounded 12 others in South and North Kordofan where the Sudanese army and rebel groups clashed recently, said the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Saturday.

The humanitarian agency said nine children were killed when UXO exploded in Umm Cham Cham village, 12km southeast of Abu Kershola, the blast also injured five others.

The children were playing with the UXO when it blew up.

During last May, Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and fighters from the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) clashed in and around Abu Kershola several times as the army attempted to dislodge the rebels who seized the area in by the end of April.

SAF which retook control of the area on 27 May, bombed rebel positions in the area.

OCHA weekly bulletin also reported the death of four people in Dilling, second important town in South Kordofan, “when a UXO exploded while they were farming”.

On 27 July, the Justice and Equality Movement attacked a military convoy on Dilling –Kadugli road. The army said the ambushed troops were escorting fuel tankers of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

Further, a landmine blast wounded seven people who were heading Abu Zabad town in North Kordofan to Tamjoyah market, near the border with South Kordofan.


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Rebels release Sudan Armed Forces prisoner list

On behalf of the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF), the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) has released a list of 12 members of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) they claim were taken prisoner during a clash at Dilling locality in South Kordofan on Saturday 27 July.

The list includes Capt Yasser Mohammed Abdullah, of Al Kadaro of Khartoum North; Lt Hammad Mohammed Abdul Samad Hammad of Kosti Alsikka Hadeed district; Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Shinto of Widey district in Dilling; Sgt Ahmed Hammad Wardi Hammad of Widey district in Dilling; Mahmoud Ali Abdullah Mahmoud of El Gedaref Shuack Al Mirebi district; Sgt Sherif Mohamed Al Tani Saleh of Al Muck district north in Dilling; Abdulhalim Abdel Fattah Rizik Allah of Sinnar Al Bersi; Walid Al Nour Abubakar Younis of El Gedaref El Silik district; Bishara Abdullah Abdulrahman Al Tayor, from the Popular Defense Forces of El Obeid district of Al Wuhda; Muhanna Abdulrahman Muhanna of Babanusa Abuallakri district; and Yusuf Mohamed Abdul Karim Hajro of El Gedaref Shuack Al Gilaia district.

The JEM has also complained about “the on-going maltreatment and physical and psychological torture exercised by the administration of Kober prison in Khartoum against JEM war hostages”.

Jibril Adam Bilal, the spokesman for the movement, told Radio Dabanga that Al Azer Abdalazir Noor Ushar has been in solitary confinement for more than a month. “He has been deprived of sleep and prayer.

“The prison administration is taking vengeance against the war hostages whenever they get news about the victories of the Movement against Khartoum regime forces,” he said.

Bilal called on local and international human rights and humanitarian organisations to intervene and support the prisoners.

Radio Dabanga was unable to independently verify these reports.

File photo: Sudan’s President Omar Al Bashir inspects a parade of the Sudanese Armed Forces


‘More than 52 Sudan Armed Forces troops slain in South Kordofan’: JEM (28 July 2013)

Sudan battlefield report: South Kordofan (27 July 2013)

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Western diplomats warn against military action to overthrow Bashir’s regime

August 4, 2013 (KHARTOUM) – Sudanese officials said Sunday that Western diplomats expressed their support to peaceful solution of the ongoing conflict and warned against any military action aiming to overthrow the government in Khartoum.

The official news agency SUNA said that Western diplomats from Canada, France and United States met with the SPLM-North secretary general Yasir Arman in London last month to inform him they only support negotiated settlement to the conflicts in South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Darfur.

According to the agency, citing diplomatic sources, the meeting took place following a consultation meeting organized on 14-17 July by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) in Geneva to promote peaceful solutions to the different conflicts in the country.

Arman was not able to attend the meeting as he applied for a visa a week before the meeting while the application for Schengen visa has to be submitted at least 15 days before the trip. Switzerland joint the Schengen visa scheme since December 2008.

At the time, rebel leader Minni Minnawi who attended the meeting told Sudan Tribune that American and Canadian diplomats supported the comprehensive solution for the conflicts in the two areas and Darfur.

However, the UN Security Council, in a resolution adopted on 30 July to extend the UNMAID mandate, warned rebel groups against military action to topple the Sudanese regime and called on Darfur groups to negotiate a peaceful solution under the basis of Doha Document for Peace in Darfur.

Arman also recently announced SPLM-N readiness to engage talks under the UN resolution 2046 (2012) which calls to hold direct negotiations to end the two-year conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile on the basis of a framework agreement signed on 28 June 2012.

The framework agreement, which was later on denounced by Sudanese president Omer Al-Bahsir in July 2011, provides that the two parties once they implement the outstanding issues in a protocol related to the two areas would establish a partnership and work together to achieve democratic transition in Sudan together with other political forces.


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