KHARTOUM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese army on Saturday announced that it expelled a rebel force belonging to Riek Machar, the rebel leader in South Sudan, after crossing into Sudan's territories and refusing to be disarmed.
"On January 9 a force of Nuer tribe, about an infantry battalion, crossed into the Sudanese territories near Higlieg area. They were on the run after the advancement of South Sudan army towards Bantio, capital of the oil-rich Unity State," said Sudanese army spokesman Al-Sawarmy Khalid Saad in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.
Saad said that there is no presence for any South Sudanese troops inside the Sudanese territories, saying "we reiterate that our territories are now free of any foreign troops and the international law is our means in dealing with any similar cases."
Sudanese border areas have been witnessing flow of South Sudanese refugees who are fleeing the clashes in their country between South Sudan army and defectors loyal to former vice- president Riek Machar.
Sudan said it would treat the fleeing South Sudanese as Sudanese citizens and that it would not establish camps at the borders but would allow the southerners to stay anywhere in Sudan.
South Sudan army on Friday managed to regain control over Bantio, the capital city of the oil-producing Unity State and it is currently leading violent battles to restore Bor town, the capital of Jonglie State, the last area held by Machar forces.
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UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 10 (Xinhua) -- UN Security Council on Friday renewed its call on all parties in South Sudan to commence a broader dialogue to end the violence in the strife-torn country, where fighting erupted between government and opposition forces nearly a month ago.
In a press statement, the council members underlined their demand for President Salva Kiir, former Vice President Riek Machar and other political leaders to "demonstrate leadership by immediately agreeing to a cessation of hostilities and commencing a broader dialogue." Full story
5 killed, 6 injured in armed attack in Sudan's Darfur
KHARTOUM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed and six others injured when an armed group attacked Al-Salam camp for Internally Displaced People in Sudan's South Darfur state, Khartoum's Al-Sudani daily reported Saturday.
"An armed group from Um Qoja area opened intensive fire on the camp as the people were busy shopping in a market, which left five people dead and six others injured," the paper quoted Mahmoud Fidail Kabir, the commissioner of Bilail locality in the state, as saying. Full story
Sudan disarms South Sudanese rebels near border
KHARTOUM, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- Sudanese authorities have disarmed a fleeing battalion of South Sudanese rebels after they entered Sudanese territory, Sudan Radio reported Saturday, quoting a governor.
"The Sudanese army and concerned authorities have disarmed a battalion ... of South Sudanese rebels led by sacked former vice- president Riek Machar in Al-Kharasan area near the border between the two countries," Governor of Sudan's West Kordofan State Ahmed Khamis said Friday evening. Full story