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April 25, 2012

Violence rages in Sudan-South Sudan conflict

Fighting continues along the border of Sudan and South Sudan this week. President Salva Kiir of South Sudan said the latest attacks amounted to a declaration of war after more bombs were dropped on his country. The conflict stems from South Sudan temporarily taking control of the oil-rich border town Heglig, which Sudan claims as its own. Tension between the two countries over control of oil resources and where the border lies has been ongoing since South Sudan seceded from Sudan in July of last year as a result of a 2005 peace treaty that ended decades of war. -- Lloyd Young(24 photos total)

A Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier looks at warplanes as he lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu on April 23. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Sudanese workers look at a damaged oil depot at a processing facility in Sudan's main petroleum centre of Heglig on April 23. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said during his visit to Heglig that there will be no more talks with South Sudan after weeks of border fighting in contested regions and tension between the two states. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images) #

Residents try to extinguish fires still burning in the smoldering remains of a market in Rubkona near Bentiu, South Sudan on April 23. A boy was killed and at least two people were wounded when Sudanese aircraft bombed an area near the town of Bentiu in South Sudan, an official and witness said, increasing the threat of a full-scale war breaking out between the two nations. (Michael Onyiego/Associated Press) #

The body of a boy killed during an air strike by the Sudanese air force is covered with sheets in a market in Rubkona near Bentiu on April 23. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A man reacts at a market burnt in an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu on April 23. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Sudanese soldiers walk in the oil town of Heglig on April 24. South Sudan's leader accused Sudan of declaring war as Khartoum's warplanes bombed border regions in defiance of international calls for restraint. (Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir is greeted by military soldiers as he arrives at an airport in Heglig in on April 23. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/ Reuters) #

South Sudan President Salva Kiir (rear left) and Chinese President Hu Jintao, (rear right) attend a signing ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on April 24. The president of newly independent South Sudan, in Beijing lobbying for economic and diplomatic support, told China's president on Tuesday that attacks by rival Sudan amount to a declaration of war on his country. (Kazuhiro Ibuki/Associated Press) #

Sudanese MPs attend a parliament session in the capital Khartoum on April 16 to review a report on the situation in Heglig oil region. Sudan's parliament voted unanimously to brand the government of South Sudan an enemy, after southern troops invaded the Sudan's main oilfield. (Ebrahim Hamid/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Protesters react on a van outside the United Nations Mission in Juba, South Sudan on April 13. Waving the flags of South Sudan and the SPLA they demanded the withdrawal of SAF forces from Heglig. Fierce border clashes between South Sudan and Sudan appeared to ease today, although the rival armies steeled themselves for fresh violence amid international fears of full-scale conflict. (Adriane Ohanesian/AFP/Getty Images) #

A soldier of the South-Sudan's Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) on April 15 exploring the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) Aliny Base, in Heglig. Sudan's army was within kilometers of the main town in the Heglig oil region on April 14, a spokesman said after Khartoum launched a counter-attack against South Sudanese forces which still claimed to hold the area. Heglig is Sudan's most important oil center but the attack on April 10 caused a total production shutdown in the area, said Ahmed Haroun, the South Kordofan governor. (Adriane Ohanesian/AFP/Getty Images) #

Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers ride a motorbike on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier prepares food on the frontline in Panakuach on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Sudanese soldiers look at a multiple rocket launching pod in the oil region of Heglig on April 23. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said during his visit to Heglig that there will be no more talks with South Sudan after weeks of border fighting in contested regions and tension between the two states. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images) #

A civilian who was badly burned during a Sudanese air strike in Bentiu on April 14, is still being treated at the Rubkona Military Hospital in Rubkona, South Sudan, on April 20. South Sudan on April 20 ordered an end to its 10-day occupation of Sudan's main oilfield at Heglig, a move which had sparked fears of a wider war, but Sudan said its forces had chased them out. Border clashes between Sudan and South Sudan escalated last week with waves of air strikes hitting the South, and Juba seizing the Heglig oil hub on April 10. (Adriane Ohanesia/AFP/Getty Images) #

A boy waiting for his mother to fill jerry cans with water at a pump in a refugee camp in Yida, South Sudan that now accommodates over 30,000 refugees who have fled the fighting in Southern Kordofan. Amid heavy artillery bombardments and airstrikes, Sudan described the South's seizure of the contested oil-producing Heglig region from its army as the worst violation of its territory, pulling out of African Union-led talks in protest and edging the closest to all-out war on April 11. (Adriane Ohanesian/AFP/Getty Images) #

A South Sudanese soldier has a bullet removed from his leg in the Rubkona Military Hospital on April 22 in South Sudan. Sudanese armed forces launched an attack more than 6 miles inside South Sudan's border, a South Sudanese official said Sunday, days after the South announced it is pulling its troops from a disputed border town to avoid an all out war between the two countries, Deputy Director of Military Intelligence for South Sudan Maj. Gen. Mac Paul said ground troops from Sudan launched three waves of attacks. (Michael Onyiego/Associated Press) #

A boy lies on the ground to take cover beside a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu on April 23. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

Sudanese military soldiers cheer and hold up their weapons during the visit of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in Heglig on April 23. Sudanese soldiers cheered, hoisted rifles in the air and showed off a battered South Sudanese tank and dozens of corpses in the Heglig border region on Monday, leaving no doubt who was in control of the hotly disputed oil area. Heglig was at the centre of the worst violence between Sudan and South Sudan since they split into two countries under a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war. (Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters) #

A Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldier looks at his injured comrades outside a hospital in Bentiu on April 22. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) commander sits in a chair in Panakuach, Unity state on April 24. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A woman runs along a road during an air strike by the Sudanese air force in Rubkona near Bentiu on April 23. Sudanese warplanes carried out air strikes on South Sudan on Monday, killing three people near the southern oil town of Bentiu, residents and military officials said, three days after South Sudan pulled out of a disputed oil field. (Goran Tomasevic/Reuters) #

A Sudanese soldier stands atop a destroyed tank of the Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) of South Sudan in the oil region of Heglig on April 23. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said during his visit to Heglig that there will be no more talks with South Sudan after weeks of border fighting in contested regions and tension between the two states. (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images) #



 
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