Thursday, November 3, 2011
Bashir Promises 'liberation' of Southern Cities
Today in Khartoum, Bashir spoke of an imminent attack on rebel strongholds in the Blue Nile state. He claims the SPLM-N forces are on the outskirts of towns in the Blue Nile, and that his forces will be performing prayers for the holiday Eid al-Adha this Sunday in those same towns. Residents fear escalation of violence and many are fleeing the state, some claiming that their towns were bombed by the infamous air-raids the Sudanese government has employed in the past. UN numbers estimate already 27,500 refugees fleeing to Ethiopia just since the fighting broke out.