South Sudan accuses Sudan of aerial bombing

Reuters Africa

KHARTOUM/JUBA (Reuters) – South Sudan on Saturday accused Sudan of launching an aerial bombardment on its side of their disputed border, but the Sudanese army denied the charge.

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (R) listens as his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir speaks during a joint news conference, before Kiir's departure at Khartoum Airport October 9, 2011. REUTERS/Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah

Presidents Kiir and Bashir

The two countries came close to all-out war in April following border clashes, the worst violence since South Sudan seceded and declared its independence from Khartoum a year ago under a 2005 peace agreement that ended decades of civil war.

South Sudanese military spokesman Philip Aguer said Sudanese war planes had bombed the area of Rumaker in the Northern Bahr al Ghazal border state on Friday morning.

“Two people were slightly injured,” he said. “The bombing happened at 3:25 a.m. when people were still sleeping.”

Sudan’s army spokesman al-Sawarmi Khalid denied that its air force had carried out any such attack.

Claims of attacks are hard to verify due to a lack of access to the remote border zone although Reuters reporters have witnessed several bombings on southern territory.

Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir met his southern counterpart Salva Kiir last week on the sidelines of a summit of the African Union, their first meeting since border fighting worsened in April.

The neighbours face the threat of sanctions from the U.N. Security Council unless they peacefully resolve border, oil and other security disputes by a deadline of August 2.  Read more…

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