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Cameroon has launched a military offensive to flush out elephant poachers from a remote national park in the country’s northeast near the border with Chad.
Defence Minister Alain Mebe Ngo’o announced the operation on state television late Thursday, saying that the country needed to take action against the poachers believed to be from Sudan.
In just eight weeks, the World Wildlife Fund estimates that the poachers have decimated the elephant population, killing between 200 and 300 of the roughly 400 elephants in the Bouba N’Djida National Park.
The wildlife group said in a statement released Friday that the military operation was launched Wednesday night after a high-level meeting between the minister of defence and the minister in charge of wildlife. The group cited unnamed sources confirming that over 100 Cameroonian soldiers had entered the park on Thursday to secure the area from poachers.
According to the wildlife group, the heavily armed poachers entered Cameroonian territory illegally via the border with Chad in order to harvest the ivory.
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The carcasses of elephants slaughtered by poachers are seen in Boubou Ndjida National Park. Photo / AP
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JUBA, SOUTH Sudan — South Sudanese officials said Thursday that Sudanese troops were massing near the disputed border and that Sudan’s armed forces had bombed two oil wells in South Sudan.
A spokesman for South Sudan’s armed forces said two Sudanese planes dropped six bombs in Pariang county, along the north-south border, on Wednesday afternoon. Col. Philip Aguer said that at least one oil well had been damaged and was leaking into the ground, polluting drinking water.
Sudan has also been massing ground forces in a nearby town, he said.
Al-Obeid Merwah, a spokesman for the Sudanese Foreign Ministry, did not return calls seeking comment.
South Sudan became independent from Sudan in July, but many issues remain unresolved, including the demarcation of the border and the sharing of oil revenue.
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The International Criminal Court (ICC) has issued an arrest warrant against Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Raheem Muhammad Hussein.
He is suspected of counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes allegedly committed in the Darfur region of Sudan from August 2003 to March 2004, Xinhua reported.
According to The Hague-based ICC Chamber, there are reasonable grounds to believe that he is criminally responsible for 20 counts of crimes against humanity and 21 counts of war crimes.
Hussein “made essential contributions to the formulation and implementation of the common plan, inter alia, through his overall coordination of national, state and local security entities and through the recruitment, arming and funding of the police forces and the militia in Darfur,” it said.
Sudan is not a state party to the Rome Statute, the treaty which created the ICC, and therefore not obliged to handover Hussein to The Hague.
Seven Sudanese suspects have been indicted by the court so far, including Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, who has denied the charges against him and refused to surrender.
LUANDA — U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon asked Angola on Feb. 27 to provide helicopters for peacekeeping missions in countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo and South Sudan.
“As you know, several of our peacekeeping missions, including [the U.N. Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo] in DRC and [the U.N. Mission in the Republic of South Sudan] in South Sudan, they suffer from a lack of military helicopters. I would appreciate it if your government” could assist, Ban said during a meeting with Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti in Luanda.
“The secretary general asked the Angolan government to consider providing military assets, including helicopters, to U.N. peacekeeping,” Ban’s spokesman Martin Nesirky told journalists.
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Sudanese rebels said Tuesday they killed 150 government soldiers along the disputed border with South Sudan in a battle that prompted Khartoum to threaten retaliation against its newly independent neighbor.
Sudan’s military denied the casualty toll and said it had killed a “huge number” of rebels, but gave no figure.
The casualties came during Sunday’s “surprise attack” against a government base in the Jau area, said Arnu Ngutulu Lodi, of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-N).
Rebels counted the bodies on the ground, he said, and seized three tanks along with hundreds of weapons and vehicles in the joint operation with a small number of fighters from Darfur’s Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).
The insurgents, who last year formed a “revolutionary front” aimed at toppling the Khartoum regime, claimed the attack in the contested Jau area — part of an oil-rich region on the poorly defined border — as their first combined operation against government forces.
After the Jau attack, SPLM-N rebels moved on Sunday evening into the key location of Taruje, about 20 kilometers north, and on Monday retook a government outpost at El-Ahmier, 30 kilometers southeast of the state capital Kadugli, Lodi told Agence France Presse.
Rebels had seized the el-Ahmier outpost in mid-January but the army retook it, and now it has changed hands again, he said.
Sawarmi Khaled Saad, the Sudanese army spokesman, denied rebels had taken Taruje or el-Ahmier. He said the only fighting had been around Jau, from which rebels had since withdrawn.
“Now SAF troops are clearing the area,” he said.
Access to the state is heavily restricted, making independent verification difficult.
(KHARTOUM) — Sudanese police in the early morning of Friday raided dormitories of the University of Khartoum and arrested over three hundred students in anticipation of a new protest they planned to stage this weekend.
Since December students organised different protests in Khartoum asking to remove the Director of the University who asked the police to enter in the campus to disperse a student protest. The students demonstrated in support of the al-Manasir ethnic group’s demand for compensation, as they have been affected by the construction of Merowe Dam north of Khartoum.
Since, the University was closed in order to avoid any escalation of the protests, students were asked to return to their homes in the different provinces. However, many remained on the campus and called for a new sit-in outside the Director’s office on Sunday 19 February.
At dawn on Friday – the first day of the Sudanese weekend – the anti-riot police cordoned off the student housing block and started to evict the students, an eyewitness told Sudan . The source added that hundreds of the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) members dressed in plain clothes participated in the preventive arrest of 317 students.
“The police armed with batons entered in the dormitories and arrested the sleeping student. Those who tried to resist were severely beaten,” he said.
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