Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of launching fresh attacks on their territories as neither side
showed any sign of bowing to global pressure to return to the negotiating table.

South Sudan said Sudanese armed forces undertook a new offensive more than 9km inside its border on Sunday.

Major General Mac Paul, deputy director of military intelligence for South Sudan, said that ground troops from Sudan launched three waves of attacks.

Paul said the Sudanese forces “have come deeply in the south” and attacked with artillery and tanks. He said the attack was part of a “continuous provocation from the Sudanese army”.

A soldier’s body and two wounded soldiers were brought to a hospital, the clinical director at the Rubkona Military hospital, Dr Zecharia Deng Aleer, said.

Aleer added that the soldiers were brought in from around the Pariang Junction, in South Sudan’s Unity State.

Khartoum denied the accusations but said it had repelled a “major” attack by SPLM-N fighters in South Kordofan state, on its own side of the border. Sudan routinely says the fighters are controlled by the South, an accusation Juba denies.  Read more…