Sudan on Sudan Genocide

AFP | APRIL 23, 2012

Sudanese war planes on Monday launched a fresh bombing raid on Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich South Sudan border state of Unity, killing at least one child, officials said.

“This is a serious escalation, and a violation of the territory of South Sudan… I think it is a clear provocation,” Mac Paul, the South’s deputy director of military intelligence said.

“The bridge and the market were bombed… We are sending teams to investigate how many people died in the attacks.”

Bombs targeting a key bridge in the town landed some 50 metres away from an AFP reporter. In the market, stalls were on fire and large plumes of grey smoke rose high into the air, as screaming civilians ran in panic.

One charred body of a small boy was seen by an AFP reporter, while market traders said that three civilians had been killed, although those figures could not be immediately verified.

The attack, the latest of several on the town and in South Sudan’s border state, comes as the South’s army completes a pullout of the contested Heglig oil field seized from Sudan’s army on April 10.

South Sudanese officials said the withdrawal from Heglig had been ordered to avert a return to all-out war, but on Sunday accused Khartoum of air strikes against the departing troops.

Sudanese President Wants to ‘Purify’ his Country of Christians


Sudanese president Omar al-Bashir says he wants to purify Sudan by driving out the country’s remaining Christians, and aid workers in the Nuba Mountains say that he has begun strategic demonstrations of air power to systematically drive people into the territory of the newly independent South Sudan.

Christian Solidarity International-USA CEO John Eibner said Bashir is responding to what he believes is a “rebel alliance.”

“The government of Sudan is responding to a rebellion led by the SPLA-N organization, which has joined with Darfuri rebels in an openly proclaimed effort to overthrow the regime in Khartoum,” Eibner said.

Eibner said Sudan is following a pattern.

“As is its custom, Khartoum [responds] with great brutality against the black African people of the Nuba Mountains who are perceived as cooperating with or harboring the rebels. Villages are burned, civilian sites are bombed, and individuals in government-controlled towns are terrorized. It amounts to collective punishment,” Eibner said.

The Sudanese embassy did not respond to WND’s request for comment.

Eibner said Bashir is calling his campaign “jihad.”

“The war is prosecuted by Khartoum roughly in accordance with the traditional principles of jihad. When civil war first broke out in the Nuba, the regime in Khartoum had a fatwa issued,” Eibner said.

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