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Vol 53 No 8

Published 13th April 2012


Sudan

War drums sound as the South takes Heglig

Khartoum mobilises against South Sudan and breaks off all negotiations

The seizure of the oil town of Heglig by South Sudan’s armed forces on 10 April ratchets up Juba’s confrontation with Khartoum’s National Congress Party (NCP) regime, which also faces growing pressure from its opponents in the North. Juba’s Information Minister and Spokesman, Barnaba Marial Benjamin Bil, insisted that taking Heglig was in self-defence after Khartoum’s forces had launched a ground attack from the town on 9 April.

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