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Source: Radio Dabanga

The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N) has warned for a catastrophe in South Kordofan, as the number of land mines and unexploded ordnances (UXOs) in the region has increased significantly during the past months of bombing and shelling by the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF).

The SPLM-N governor of the areas under rebel control in South Kordofan, Simon Kalu, stressed in a statement on Saturday that the lives of thousands of civilians are in great danger if international organisations will not interfere and remove the UXOs. “During the past few months, the Sudanese Air Force dropped hundreds of bombs on the region. Many of them did not explode.”

“The areas are littered with UXOs after the intensive bombardments and shelling by the Sudan Armed Forces. 700,000 people were forced to flee their homes, and are wandering around in search for food and water.” 

Kalu urged mine experts to “come to the SPLM-N-controlled areas, to detonate and remove hundreds of UXOs, including the ones that are internationally banned”.

The spokesman for the SAF, El Sawarmi Khaled Saad, told Ashorooq TV on Wednesday that the Sudanese army is at its best, following continued successes in South Kordofan and Darfur. He declared stronger military operations against the rebel movements “at all frontlines in the coming period to eliminate the insurgency by the end of the dry season campaign”.

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