Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Sarkozy criticised for comments about former Justice Minister's origins

Read more

DEBATE

The Pope's Wake Up Call: How to Kickstart "Haggard" Europe

Read more

ENCORE!

Nobody From Nowhere, Asterix and Obelix and In The Family.

Read more

FACE-OFF

François Hollande's private life faces global scrutiny

Read more

FOCUS

One year on, what has Maidan changed in Ukraine?

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users react to Ferguson grand jury decision

Read more

WEB NEWS

USA: Online reactions to the death of Tamir Rice

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Israel: Business is booming in gun shops

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Monica Macovei, Former Romanian justice minister

Read more

Africa

South Sudan accuses North of bombing oil fields

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2012-03-27

South Sudan accused Sudanese air forces of bombing its main oil fields in the border state of Unity on Tuesday, a day after deadly clashes broke out along the disputed boundary between the two countries.

REUTERS - South Sudan said the Sudanese air force had bombed the main oil fields in Unity state near the border with Sudan on Tuesday, as violence between the two escalated.

“This morning as you called I heard the Antonov hovering over Bentiu town because it has just dropped some bombs in the main Unity oil fields,” Unity state information minister Gideon Gatpan told Reuters.

“It has now gone back, possibly for refuelling, and may come back,” he said by phone.

Sudanese army spokesman Sawarmi Khaled Saad could not be reached on his mobile phone but Asian oil group GNPOC - the Greater Nile Petroleum Operating Company, a consortium led by China’s CNPC - operating in Unity state confirmed the bombing.

“The war planes are hovering everywhere ... One bomb actually just missed Unity base camp but anywhere else so far there is no information,” said Vice President Chom Juaj.

“They bombed the oil field but so far we are still waiting for the report from the field telling us if they are damaged or not,” he said.

The attack comes a day after a rare direct military confrontation in the poorly marked border region, prompting Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir to suspend a visit next week to South Sudan, according to Sudanese state media.

The countries have been at loggerheads over a series of sensitive issues since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in July, taking with it most of the country’s known oil reserves.

The neighbours have yet to agree on the position of their 1,800-km (1,120-mile) border or how much landlocked South Sudan should pay to export oil - the lifeblood of both economies - through Sudan.

Bashir had initially been planning to fly to the southern capital Juba on April 3 to meet his southern counterpart Salva Kiir to try and resolve their disputes.

 

Date created : 2012-03-27

  • SUDAN-SOUTH SUDAN

    Sudan blames South for aiding rebels in attack

    Read more

  • SOUTH SUDAN - SUDAN

    South Sudan says Khartoum armed militia behind deadly raid

    Read more

  • SOUTH SUDAN

    South Sudan prepares to shut down oil production

    Read more

COMMENT(S)