Sudan Army `to fight by all means` in border state

The Sudanese Army will continue to fight by all available means to stop the rebellion in South KordofaN.

Khartoum: The Sudanese Army will continue
to fight by all available means to stop the rebellion in South
Kordofan, its spokesman said today, as concern grew over the
humanitarian impact of the conflict.

"Until this moment we are continuing our operations in
the hills around Kadugli, to stop this rebellion... We will
continue to fight by all the means we have," Sawarmi Khaled
Saad told a news conference in Khartoum.

Heavy fighting in Sudan`s embattled border state,
between the northern army and allied militiamen against troops
aligned to southern former rebel group the Sudan People`s
Liberation Army (SPLA), has raged since June 5.

Khartoum: The Sudanese Army will continue
to fight by all available means to stop the rebellion in South
Kordofan, its spokesman said today, as concern grew over the
humanitarian impact of the conflict.

"Until this moment we are continuing our operations in
the hills around Kadugli, to stop this rebellion... We will
continue to fight by all the means we have," Sawarmi Khaled
Saad told a news conference in Khartoum.

Heavy fighting in Sudan`s embattled border state,
between the northern army and allied militiamen against troops
aligned to southern former rebel group the Sudan People`s
Liberation Army (SPLA), has raged since June 5.

The Army spokesman dismissed claims that it was
aggravating the humanitarian situation, instead blaming the
state`s former deputy governor, Abdelaziz al-Hilu, himself a
senior SPLA commander, for starting the rebellion.

"Our role is to protect the civilian population and we
have carried out these operations to protect the civilians and
the roads in South Kordofan," he said.

The SAF (northern army) appeared to step up its air
strikes on former rebel strongholds in the Nuba Mountains
earlier this week, which the UN peacekeeping mission in Sudan
(UNMIS) said was causing "huge suffering" to civilians.

The mission said today that the closure of South
Kordofan`s airspace was dangerously hampering its distribution
of emergency aid.

"It is vital that the government of Sudan acts
immediately to ensure access to all airspace by UN flights, to
alleviate the growing suffering of those most affected by the
conflict," UNMIS spokesman Kouider Zerrouk said.

PTI

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