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'Sudan govt. violates ceasefire in South Kordofan': SPLM-N

July 17 - 2016 SOUTH KORDOFAN
SPLM-N fighters near Jebel Kwo village in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, on 2 May 2012 (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)
SPLM-N fighters near Jebel Kwo village in the Nuba Mountains, South Kordofan, on 2 May 2012 (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has accused the Sudanese government of violating the ceasefire in South Kordofan.

On 17 June, President Omar Al Bashir unilaterally declared a ceasefire for South Kordofan and Blue Nile states for a period of four months.

However, according to a press statement on Friday by the military spokesman for the SPLM-N, Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) and allied militias attacked the area of Lima, west of Kadugli on Thursday. Lodi reported that the SPLM-N repelled “the invading forces”. The government troops “suffered losses in lives and equipment”.

The rebel spokesman further said that militiamen stationed in Kelak attacked farmers in Lima on Monday. Fatima Ibrahim was killed and her husband was wounded. Last Sunday, a SAF artillery unit targeted the area west of Heiban town with long-range missiles. Many farms were damaged, the statement reads.

Lodi comments that the attacks “confirm beyond any reasonable doubt that the alleged unilateral ceasefire for four months declared by Al Bashir is nothing but cheap smoke-screen media propaganda”.


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