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2015-01-30 Sudan and South Sudan's Merging Conflicts

2015-01-30 Air Raids on Jebel Marra Resumes
[Radio Dabanga]Jebel Marra -The Sudanese Air Force resumed its air raids on areas west of Jebel Marra on Wednesday afternoon. Seven people were injured, and a number of houses destroyed in the area of Darsa and Sur Reng, a stronghold of the Sudan Liberation Movement, led by Abdel Wahid El Nur (SLM-AW).

2015-01-30 UNHCR - More Sudanese Refugees Arriving in South Sudan
[UNHCR]This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson William Spindler - to whom quoted text may be attributed - at the press briefing, on 30 January 2015, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

2015-01-30 Ban Condemns Destruction of Villages, Displacement of Thousands in Darfur
[UN News]United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned the reported aerial bombardment and destruction of villages in the Golo locality of Central Darfur, and expressed concern over the worsening security situation, which has seen thousands of civilians displaced.

2015-01-30 MSF-Belgium Suspends Aid in East and South Darfur, Blue Nile
[Radio Dabanga]New York -The Belgian branch of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders) today announced the closure of its activities in Sudan, owing to "the Sudanese government's systematic denial of access to people trapped in conflict areas".

2015-01-30 RSF Militia Sows Terror in Kalma Camp, South Darfur
[Radio Dabanga]Kalma Camp -A group of paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) entered Kalma camp for the displaced in South Darfur on Wednesday.

2015-01-30 Assault, Rape, Robberies in South Darfur, South Kordofan
[Radio Dabanga]Darfur / South Kordofan -Militiamen assaulted ten young women in Gireida locality, South Darfur on Wednesday. They beat and whipped them severely, and gang-raped one of them. On Tuesday, gunmen in military uniforms ambushed a commercial vehicle in Tawila locality, North Darfur. On the same day, bus passengers were robbed of all their belongings in Abu Jubaiha locality, South Kordofan.

2015-01-30 Chad's President Deby Starts Official Visit to Sudan
[Radio Dabanga]Khartoum -The President of Chad arrived at Khartoum on Wednesday, for a two-day visit to Sudan.

2015-01-30 Authorities Shut Down Writers Union
[Radio Dabanga]Khartoum -The Sudanese Ministry of Culture revoked the license of the Sudanese Writers Union, in a step described as part of the authorities' confrontation with cultural centers in the country.

2015-01-30 Security Detains, Tortures Men in Central Darfur
[Radio Dabanga]Zalingei -Security agents detained a teacher of a secondary school in Golo, Central Darfur, at the gates of the hospital in Zalingei on Wednesday. Another person was taken by armed men and tortured for several hours.

2015-01-30 UN Condemns Continued Bombing of Jebel Marra
[Radio Dabanga]Golo / New York -One man died and another person was injured when the Sudanese Air Force bombed an area in Jebel Marra for the third day in a row. Seven villages were hit as well, an armed movement reported. The United Nations have condemned the aerial bombardments in Golo area during the past days.

2015-01-30 Secretary-General Appoints Haile Tilahun Gebremariam of Ethiopia Head of Mission for Abyei
[UN]United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Haile Tilahun Gebremariam of Ethiopia as the Head of Mission of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA).

2015-01-30 UN Chief Condemns Aerial Bombardment in Central Darfur
[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -United Nations chief Ban Ki-moon Thursday commended air strikes carried out by the Sudanese army in Central Darfur where the fighting forced civilians to flee the area.

2015-01-30 MSF Suspends Operation in Conflict Zones
[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -the Brussels-based operational centre of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) announced Thursday that it can no longer reach communities in the greatest need, and therefore has been forced to close its activities in Sudan.

2015-01-30 President Zuma to Visit Sudan
[]Pretoria -President Jacob Zuma is scheduled to undertake a working visit to Khartoum, Sudan, this weekend, the Presidency said on Thursday.

2015-01-30 Writers Union Shut Down by Authorities
[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese Ministry of Culture informed via letter the Sudanese Writers Union (SWU) that it is revoking its license in a move described as part of a wider crackdown by authorities on centers believed to be pro-opposition.

2015-01-30 Sudan Signs Six-Year Oil Exploration Agreement With China
[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -The Sudanese government announced on Thursday that it signed a six-year agreement with the Chinese National Petroleum Company (CNPC) to increase oil production in fields north of Heglig and parts of the disputed border area of Abyei.

2015-01-30 Rebels Report 'RSF Militia Mutiny' in Sudan's South Kordofan
[Radio Dabanga]South Kordofan -Troops of the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) militia stationed at the Talodi military garrison in South Kordofan have reportedly mutinied against the Sudanese army.

2015-01-30 Contractor Pilots Kidnapped in Central Darfur
[Radio Dabanga]Zalingei -Two pilots working for a company contracted to Unamid were abducted in Central Darfur today.

2015-01-30 Umma Party Responds to 'Defective' Complaint By Sudanese Security
[Radio Dabanga]Khartoum -On Wednesday, the National Umma Party (NUP) formally responded to the complaint made by the Sudanese security service against the party.

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