Fierce fighting between Sudan government troops and rebels along border

(Washington post) – Sudanese government troops clashed with rebels in the conflict-wracked state of Southern Kordofan near the border with South Sudan, and each side claimed Monday it inflicted heavy losses on the other. The clashes erupted Sunday in the Dandor area, 500 kilometers (300 miles) west of Khartoum. Southern Kordofan state has been hit by violence for nearly two years, displacing hundreds of thousands of civilians and killing scores. Late Monday, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir declared that his forces seized back another town in Southern Kordofan, Abu Karshoulah, captured by rebel fighters a month earlier. In his nationally televised speech at a large rally in Khartoum, al-Bashir warned his southern neighbor against supporting rebels, calling them “mercenaries” and saying he would cancel all agreements with South Sudan if it continued to support them. “Let them drink their oil,” al-Bashir said, in a characteristically fiery speech, implying he would not allow South Sudan’s oil to pass through Sudan for export through the Red Sea ports.

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Sudan halts negotiations with SRF rebels

(Sudan Tribune) – Sudan’s president, Omer Hassan Al-Bashir, has declared halt of negotiations with the rebels of Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) and the armed movements in Darfur, and described them as “mercenaries and terrorists”. Al-Bashir, who addressed spontaneous gathering in front of the headquarters of the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) to express delight for restoring Abu-kershola, saluted SAF saying “SAF has never let us down. It has never been defeated or broken”. Rebels extended last April their attacks to Um Rawaba in North Kordofan state before to redeploys its fighters to Abu-Kershola in South Kordofan on the border with North-Kordofan state. In his unscripted address, Al-Bashir said “we would neither recognise nor negotiate with the traitors, infiltrators, mercenaries, and terrorists from SPLM-N or Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) or Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)”.

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Civilians arrested in connection with SRF attacks

(Sudan Tribune) – Three civilians have reportedly been arrested in connection with the 27 April attack on South Kordofan’s Abu Karshola town by rebels from the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF). According to a statement from the UK-based Sudan Social Development Organisation (SUDO UK), the men were arrested by National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) members in plain clothes from a mosque in Marzoug, Omdurman at about 8pm on 24 May. SUDO UK said they are being held without charge and have been denied access to lawyers. Their whereabouts remain unknown and their families have yet to receive any information about their wellbeing. SUDO UK says it fears the men may be at risk of being tortured or otherwise mistreated.

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