Sudan border conflict - 60 000 displaced

2011-11-24 22:17

Khartoum - Tens of thousands of civilians are deeply affected by fighting between the Sudanese army and southern-aligned rebels in Sudan's Blue Nile border state, the United Nations said on Thursday.

"As a result of ongoing conflict, civilians are continuing to be displaced or severely affected. The Sudanese Red Crescent Society report that over 60 000 people remain displaced within the state," the UN humanitarian office (OCHA) said.

OCHA's latest report comes three weeks after the Sudanese Armed Forces captured the key rebel stronghold of Kurmuk and announced that it had defeated the SPLM-North in Blue Nile state.

The report said air strikes on November 12 in Wadega, in the south of the state, left a number of people dead and many injured.

Some of these people were transported for treatment to Maban in South Sudan's Upper Nile state, OCHA said, adding that the UN Mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) had transported 11 seriously wounded people to the hospital in Malakal, including four women.

Sudan's foreign ministry provoked international criticism earlier this month by insisting there were no Sudanese refugees in South Sudan, and that those sheltering in camps across the border were rebels supported by the Juba government.

But the UN refugee agency warned last week that around 1 200 people were fleeing Blue Nile daily and crossing the border into Upper Nile state, after estimating last month that over 27 000 refugees had arrived in Ethiopia since the Blue Nile conflict erupted in early September.

Foreign aid workers and journalists have been denied access to Blue Nile and Sudan's nearby South Kordofan state, where similar fighting has raged since June, making it difficult to get an accurate picture of the humanitarian and security situation.

OCHA reported clashes between the Sudan and the SPLM-North in South Kordofan over the past two weeks, displacing 2 100 people in the central part of the state.

Analysts have warned that, despite the triumphant language of Sudanese officials, including President Omar al-Bashir, after the fall of Kurmuk, fighting in Blue Nile and South Kordofan is unlikely to end soon.

  • MightyBravo - 2011-11-24 23:32

    You can see what Bashir is doing he is killing civilians with warplane every day in Blue nile, and South Kordofan I'm praying for civilians let God will save them, and SRF also to fight Bashir government because they bomb civilians thanks.

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