Sudan bombs S.Sudan border area, kills 3

Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near a southern oil town, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field.

Soldiers of South Sudan's SPLA army shout at a military base in Bentiu

A Reuters reporter at the scene, outside the oil town of Bentiu, said he saw a fighter aircraft drop two bombs near a river bridge between Bentiu and the neighbouring town of Rubkona.

“I can see market stalls burning in Rubkona in the background and the body of a small child burning,” he said.

Mac Paul, deputy head of South Sudan’s military intelligence, said two Sudanese MiG-29s had dropped four bombs in the area. “This is a serious escalation and violation of the territory of South Sudan. It’s a clear provocation,” Paul said.

Sudan’s armed forces spokesman was not immediately available to comment.

Weeks of border fighting between the two neighbours have brought the former civil war foes closer to a full-blown war than at any time since the South seceded in July.

Immediate tensions eased after the South said on Friday it would withdraw from Heglig, a disputed oil region which is central to Sudan’s economy, but the South has accused Khartoum of bombing its territory since then.

On Sunday Sudan denied the charges and said instead it had repulsed a “major” attack on a strategic border state town by rebels it says are backed by South Sudan.

The countries are still at loggerheads over the demarcation of their shared border and other disputes have halted nearly all the oil production that underpins both economies.

South Sudan won its independence in a referendum that was promised in a 2005 peace accord that ended decades of civil war between Khartoum and the south. Religion, ethnicity and oil fuelled that conflict, which killed about 2 million people.

Recent tensions between Sudan and South Sudan have been fuelled by a dispute over how much the landlocked South should pay to export oil via Sudan.

South Sudan attack: 5 die, several injured

Five people lost their lives while several others were wounded after an airplane dropped bombs in Rubkona, South Sudan on Saturday.

According to a military spokesman Col. Philip Aguer, the bombs hit a market area in the town at one pm, while another town  in the state, Abiemnom County, as well as two other counties, were also attacked.

But Al-Sawarmi Khalid, a spokesman for the Sudanese Armed Forces, says, “We have not carried out attacks into South Sudan.”

South Sudan gained independence from the north in July, the result of a referendum overwhelmingly approved by voters last year.

The referendum was part of a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war between the two sides that killed about 2 million people.

When they separated, South Sudan acquired three-quarters of Sudan’s oil reserves. The two countries have been locked in negotiations over how much the landlocked South Sudan should pay to use a pipeline and processing facilities in the north.

In late July, South Sudan halted oil production after accusing Sudan of “stealing” $815 million worth of its crude. Sudan said it confiscated the oil to make up for unpaid fees.

Tribal clash in Libya kills 20, injures 40

Atleast 40 were wounded while 20 people were killed on Monday in the city of Sabha in southern Libya when clashes erupted between two rival militias.

Local council member Ahmed Abdelkadir said clashes first broke out on Sunday between former rebel fighters from Sabha and gunmen from the Tibu tribe after a Sabha man was killed in a dispute over a car. He said the militias opened fire at each other on the outskirts of Sabha.

A local doctor, Ibrahim Misbah, said 20 fighters died of gunshot wounds and more than 40 people were wounded.

“The numbers are from the Sabha side only. The Tibu wounded are being taken to a different hospital,” he said by phone.

Sabha fighter Oweidat al-Hifnawi said the fighting centered around the airport road and that at one point Tibu fighters controlled the entrance of the airport.

“The airport is now under our control but it is not functioning at the moment,” Hifnawi said.

The clashes come as the ruling National Transitional Council (NTC) struggles to assert its authority across Libya, where rival militias and tribal groups are jostling for power and resources following the fall of Gaddafi.

“The situation is very dangerous and sensitive. We are following the situation and the army chief is working on sending a defence team to Sabha,” deputy interior minister Omar al-Khadrawi said.

The NTC is hampered by the lack of a coherent national army and has struggled to persuade the myriad militias who fought Gaddafi to put down their guns and join the armed forces and police.

Last month dozens of people were killed in days of clashes between tribes in the far southeastern province of Al Kufra. Armed forces eventually intervened to stop the fighting in a rare example of the Tripoli government imposing its authority.

Members of the Tibu ethnic group, who were also involved in fighting Kufra, are mainly found in Chad but also inhabit parts of southern Libya.

South Sudan to need Food Aid come 2012:U.N.

Poor harvests in the Southern region of Sudan has brought on the conclusion of the United Nations’ report that millions of people in the area will be needing food aid in 2012.

South Sudan

The region won its independence in July and since then the government of the south sudan had been struggling in the building of basic amenities in the country,end fracas,violence and above all overcome economic crisis.

The UN has also started moving aid from Nairobi with 12 metric tons of supplies recently dispatched to Maban, in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state. Supplies included plastic sheets, sleeping mats, blankets and mosquito nets, among other items.

The supplies worth 2.5 million dollars were later moved to Maban County in Upper Nile state where they were distributed to people displaced by fighting in the Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan states.

More than 80,000 people have fled to South Sudan from northern border states, where Khartoum’s army has been fighting insurgents for months.

WFP and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation estimates that the young nation will have a shortfall of 400,000 metric tons of food in 2012.

Inflation climbed to 78.8 percent in November in the country of 8.3 million people.

Relations between Juba and Khartoum have soured in recent weeks as talks over post-independence issues such as oil, debt arrears, disputed areas and transitional financial assistance have broken down.

Sudan and South Sudan regularly trade accusations and denials of supporting insurgencies in each other’s country, although direct combat between the two armies broke out in a border area claimed by both sides.