March 23, 2011 / 8:19 AM / 9 years ago

South Sudan says north bombs its territory

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan’s army (SPLA) accused the north of bombing its territory, violating a 2005 peace deal ahead of the oil-producing region’s impending independence.

Sudan’s north-south conflict raged for all but a few years since 1955 claiming 2 million lives in Africa’s longest running civil war. The south voted this year to secede and will become the world’s newest nation on July 9.

SPLA spokesman Philip Aguer said the north dropped bombs on March 21 between a village and an SPLA base causing no casualties in Raja County in Western Bahr al-Ghazal, which borders the north’s war-torn Darfur region.

Sudan’s northern army and U.N. peacekeepers were not immediately able to comment on the report.

Last year the north bombed the south while chasing Darfur rebels they said were being supported by the semi-autonomous southern government. The south accused the north of arming rebels in its territory with clashes killing hundreds of people this year alone.

While both sides cannot afford a return to all-out war, arming proxy militias was a tactic used during the conflict, fought over religion, ethnicity, oil and ideology.

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