South Sudan's Unity State expels northerners working at oil fields

10:08, April 21, 2011      

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South Sudan's Unity State government on Wednesday decided to expel the northern Sudanese working at the oil fields together with the security organs.

The Unity State government announced the decision in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

In the statement, the Unity State government also accused the Sudanese Arab Mesiria tribe of attacking the areas of Mayoum, Fariang and Rubkona in the state.

The statement held armed militias belonging to Peter Gadet and Galwak Gai, who have defected from the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA), responsible for burning the Bong village in Mayoum district, which resulted in great losses.

The militias also destroyed a public transport vehicle and a fuel truck that were heading to the Warap area with landmines, the statement said.

The Unity State authorities have declared Mayoum as an area for military operations and asked the citizens to evacuate after being targeted by the militias, who, according to the statement, planted landmines along the roads linking Mayoum with the other areas.

"The defector from the SPLA Peter Gadet is working to destabilize the state to prevent the announcement of south Sudan state in the coming July," the statement said.

The Unity State government further reiterated that it was aware of the movements of the militias and the size of support they receive to destabilize the state.

Over 800 people have been killed in violent events in south Sudan since this January and around 94,000 people have been displaced.

The statistics, which were released by the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), constitute a challenge for the newly established state which would officially be announced on July 9, 2011.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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