Sudan masses troops on southern border, intensifies air strikes on civilian areas

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WASHINGTON — The United States has warned of the rising prospect of
another war in Sudan.

Officials said the Sudanese Army has amassed thousands of troops to
attack positions in the new republic of South Sudan. They said Khartoum’s
air force has also intensified strikes on civilian areas, particularly in
South Kordofan.

“This bombing of civilians and humanitarian workers is an outrageous
act, and those responsible must be held accountable for their actions,” the
White House said.

In a statement on Nov. 10, the administration of President Barack Obama
condemned Khartoum’s air strikes on the South Sudan town of Yida. Yida, a
border town, has been hosting more than 20,000 refugees who fled South
Kordofan and aided by the United Nations. Sudan has denied the attack.

“These provocative aerial bombardments greatly increase the potential
for direct confrontation between Sudan and South Sudan,” the White House

Fighting has escalated along the border areas of Sudan and the south,
which seceded in July. The White House called on Khartoum to end its
attacks and resume negotiations with the new southern government.

“The United States calls on the government of Sudan and the Sudan
People’s Liberation Movement-North to immediately resume negotiations on a
cessation of hostilities and resume political talks toward political and
security arrangements for Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile,” the White House

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