Sudan, South ‘open new front’ in border clash


Aweil: Raising fears of all-out war, Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of opening up a new front along their disputed border.The clashes broke out north of Aweil in South Sudan, about 100 miles (160km) west of the Heglig oil field, scene of most recent fighting.

Seven South Sudanese soldiers and 15 Sudanese were killed, South Sudan’s army spokesman told the media.

South Sudan seceded last year but its border with Sudan has not been agreed.

On Tuesday, envoys told the UN Security Council that Sudan and South Sudan were now “locked in a logic of war”.

 The latest fighting was sparked by the shooting dead of a South Sudanese soldier when he went to collect water on Tuesday night, South Sudan’s army spokesman Col Philip Aguer said.

It happened on the road between Aweil and Meiram in Sudan’s Darfur region at a village known by southerners as Agok and by Khartoum as Bahr al-Arab camp.