News / Africa

Satellite Images Confirm Northern Sudanese Attacks

Satellite image taken June 28, 2011shows northern Sudanese planes at El Obeid airbase.
Satellite image taken June 28, 2011shows northern Sudanese planes at El Obeid airbase.

Multimedia

Audio
Joe DeCapua

Satellite images released this week of Sudan’s Nuba Mountain region show evidence of attacks by northern Sudanese forces. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced in Southern Kordofan State.

“The images we’re seeing over Southern Kordofan tell us two things. The Sudan Armed Forces [SAF] have…what’s consistent with artillery and mortar emplacements around the area of Dilling, where fighting has been reported. And additionally we see planes at the El Obeid airstrip,” said Nathaniel Raymond, director of operations at the Satellite Sentinel Project at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Sudan Armed Forces

The June 28 images show four fixed-wing aircraft, including ground attack aircraft, and five helicopters, including Mi-24 hind gunships. The Satellite Sentinel Project uses images, analysis and field reports to update conflict areas of Sudan.

“These images corroborate reports of artillery and aerial bombardment by the Sudan Armed Forces against targets throughout south Kordofan, including Nuba civilians,” said Raymond.

Analysts are not able to use the images to determine the number of northern Sudanese troops present.

However, he said, “We have been able to determine that military operations, including evidence consistent with combat air operations, continue.

There’s no direct confirmation that 10 towns in Southern Kordofan State were bombed. But he said, “We have credible reports from the ground, including ground photographs, that are corroborated by the satellite imagery.

Potential offensive?

“They are set up to continue artillery and aerial bombardment. We are also seeing evidence of armor, including reconnaissance vehicles, at Dilling, which suggest potential for forward movement or forward recon, which is often preceding other types of combat action,” said Raymond.

Some analysts say southern Sudan has kept its military in check as independence day approaches, but may take more stronger action against the north after July 9.

“At this point,” he said, “we have no confirmation of a buildup of southern forces on either side of the line. We do have credible reports that southern aligned forces have been engaged in mortar attacks and other combat operations in and around the area of Kadugli.”

Displacement

The thousands displaced in Southern Kordofan State are in need of food, water, shelter and medical care.  But humanitarian agencies have only limited access to the area.

On June 17, images showed displaced people seeking refuge along the northern wall of the U.N. peacekeeping compound in Kadugli.

“Since then, disturbing reports have emerged from the United Nations that approximately 7,000 internally displaced people, who had been there, are now unaccounted for after a reported incident where allegedly northern Sudanese intelligence officers, dressed as Red Crescent workers coerced, impressed those people to move to a stadium in the center of Kadugli,” said Raymond.

But he added that since June 20, there has been no new information on their whereabouts.

You May Like

Nearly 900 Dead, Missing in 2014 Air Disasters

Southeast Asia took a particularly heavy hit; 3 major events involved weather, two planes were shot down in eastern Ukraine, and one crash was attributed to mechanical problems More

Video Islamic State Emergence Transformed Syria, Iraq in 2014

'It was very clear that there were problems building up in Iraq at the end of 2013 but everybody was distracted by Syria,' says one expert, explaining group's rapid rise More

Rights Group: IS Executed Nearly 2,000 in Syria in 6 Months

Islamist group also killed 120 of its own members, most foreign fighters trying to return home, in past two months, according to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaisei
X
Daniel Schearf
December 25, 2014 4:34 PM
Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Russians Head Into Holiday Facing Economic Malaise

Russian preparations for the New Year holiday are clouded by economic recession and a tumbling currency, the ruble. Nonetheless, people in the Russian capital appear to be in a festive mood. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Mombasa in Holiday Tourism Slump Due to Security Fears

Kenya's usually popular beachside tourist destination of Mombasa is seeing a much slower holiday season this year due to fears of insecurity as the country has suffered from a string of terror attacks linked to Somali militants. Mohammed Yusuf reports for VOA on how businessmen and tourists feel about the situation.
Video

Video For Somalis, 2014 Marked by Political Instability Within Government

While Somalia has long been torn apart by warfare and violence, this year one of the country's biggest challenges has come from within the government, as political infighting curtails the country's progress, threatens security gains and disappoints the international community. VOA's Gabe Joselow report.
Video

Video 2014 Saw Intensification of Boko Haram Insurgency

The year 2014 saw Nigerian militant sect Boko Haram intensify its five-year insurgency and target civilians in large numbers as it seized territory in the northeast. The kidnapping of nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok in April sparked global outrage, but failed to become the turning point against the sect that Nigeria’s president said it would be. The picture at year's end is one of devastation and uncertainty. VOA’s Anne Look reports.
Video

Video Estimates Rising of Foreign Fighters in Iraq, Syria

Foreign fighters are making more of a mark on the battles raging across Syria and Iraq than initially thought. VOA's Jeff Seldin has more.
Video

Video US Political Shift Could Affect Iran Nuclear Talks

Secretary of State John Kerry’s efforts to resolve Iran’s nuclear crisis are continuing into 2015 after Iran and six world powers failed to agree by a November deadline. U.S. domestic politics, however, could complicate efforts to reach a deal in the new year. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins has the story.
Video

Video NYSE: The Icon of Capitalism

From its humble beginnings in 1792 to its status as an economic bellweather for the world, the New York Stock Exchange is an integral part of the story of America. VOA’s Bernard Shusman reports from Wall Street.
Video

Video Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Fight to Survive Water Crisis

In a region choking from dwindling water supplies, Lebanon has long been regarded as one of the few places where there is enough. But in recent years, half the people in the country have faced severe shortages. And the more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are hit the worst by the water crisis, making the country's most vulnerable people increasingly impoverished and sick. Heather Murdock reports for VOA in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon.

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More

All About America

AppleAndroid