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North-south Sudan flashpoint sees troop increase

North-south Sudan flashpoint sees troop increase

The top government official in the one region most likely to send north and south Sudan back toward conflict says he believes the northern government is massing military forces outside Abyei.
Deng Arop Kuol said Wednesday that the military build-up "has no other explanation" than to occupy Abyei.
An American satellite project released new images it said shows a military and police build-up near Abyei, a fertile and oil-producing territory.
Southern Sudan voted in January to break away from the north, and it becomes the world's newest nation in July. Abyei's future is being negotiated, and both sides are trying to stake claim to it. Observers fear that tussle could lead to war.


Updated : 2021-07-24 20:27 GMT+08:00