Friday 17 January 2020

Sudan to give neighbour 'final lesson'

Mike Pflanz in Nairobi

SUDAN'S president, Omar al-Bashir, vowed yesterday to teach neighbouring South Sudan "a final lesson by force" by "eliminating" the government.

The intensification of rhetoric came after a week of clashes and deepened fears that the two countries were on the brink of a return to the conflict that led to their division following a civil war.

Officials in South Sudan's capital, Juba, said four attacks by Sudan had been repulsed in areas lining the country's disputed border.

Mr Bashir told troops preparing to deploy to the border that he would defend Sudan's territory.

"These people don't understand, and we will give them the final lesson by force," he told a rally in El-Obeid, capital of Sudan's North Kordofan province.

"We will not give them an inch of our country, and whoever extends his hand on Sudan, we will cut it."

The current escalation in conflict began when South Sudan's forces seized the town of Heglig. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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