Yesterday, the Government of Sudan carried out a second air strike on a refugee area in South Sudan in yet another serious breach of international humanitarian law. Bashir’s forces targeted Yida refugee camp in Unity state where over 20,000 civilians from South Kordofan have fled. This is following Tuesdays bombing of Gaffa, a town in Upper Nile state where 400 civilians from Blue Nile had taken refuge.
The South Sudan army also claimed that Sudanese troops and militia attacked a military base in the South earlier today leaving 18 soldiers dead and another 73 wounded. According to the Southern troops, Bashir’s forces are attempting to capture the south’s oil fields. This week’s attacks are the first military assaults on South Sudan since its independence and will undoubtedly exacerbate the already tenuous relationship between Khartoum and Juba and could escalate into further conflict.
According to the United Nations, the Sudanese government dropped at least five bombs on Yida camp, one of which fell on a school. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, called for an investigation into the bombing and for those responsible to be held accountable.