Continued Violations: Both Sudans Still Violating Demilitarized Border Zone

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Introduction
 
New satellite imagery of the border area between Sudan and South Sudan shows that neither government has fulfilled international obligations to demilitarize their shared border. Despite public recommitments made by both presidents in early September 2013, Sudanese and South Sudanese forces retain military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ), including areas that are still subject to border dispute. DigitalGlobe satellite imagery shows that Sudan has kept a military presence along the border at six locations with 14 occupied positions. Sudan appears to have made an effort to remove or relocate some units positioned inside the SDBZ, but only the unit at Radom appears to be vacated.

Satellite Imagery Confirms Sudan Armed Forces Bombing in Border Zone

WASHINGTON – New satellite imagery from September 8, 2013 shows evidence of recent aerial bombardment near the village of Jau in South Sudan's Unity State, within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SDBZ, along the shared border of the Sudans.

Evidence of an Airstrike in South Sudan

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The Satellite Sentinel Project has secured independent confirmation of the aerial bombardment of a Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) military installation in Jau town in South Sudan’s Unity State (Figure 1). The South Sudanese army’s continued occupation of Jau, which is located within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone (SDBZ) straddling the two countries’ contested border, is a violation of the two countries’ recent recommitment to abide by security arrangements.

Sudan Adds Precision Bomber to Arsenal

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DigitalGlobe imagery indicates that Sudan has acquired at least three Su- 24 (“Fencer”) supersonic precision bomber aircraft in recent months.

Satellites Show Evidence of Sudanese Bomber Arsenal with Targeted Striking Capabilities

WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released new analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery from March, June and August 2013 which documents evidence that the government of Sudan has acquired at least three precision bomber aircraft.

Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan’s Jonglei State

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The human rights and humanitarian crisis in South Sudan’s largest state of Jonglei continues to worsen. The long history of rebellion and inter-ethnic clashes in Jonglei has evolved into three overlapping crises: major intercommunal attacks between Murle and Lou Nuer militias, which have led to thousands of deaths and displacements; anongoing destructive rebellion led by David Yau Yau; and major human rights abuses committed by South Sudan’s army against Murle civilians. The suffering of Jonglei’s civilian population is intensifying from the continuing violence and a lack of access to humanitarian assistance.
 
The US government estimates that more than 100,000 civilians are currently displaced.

Satellites Show Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan

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Satellites Show Evidence of Violence, Civilian Displacement in South Sudan
 
WASHINGTON – The Satellite Sentinel Project, or SSP, has released new analysis of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery from May and June 2013 which documents destruction and abandonment of residential areas and civilian infrastructure in Pibor and Boma counties of South Sudan's restive Jonglei state, as a result of escalated violence.

Satellite Imagery Shows Sudan Maintains Infantry in Border Zone

New satellite imagery reveals that in Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, maintains military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone in violation of Sudan and South Sudan’s September 2012 agreements to remove all armed forces in the zone. DigitalGlobe imagery taken in July 2013 shows infantry presence in the Sudanese towns of Keri Kera and al Miquenis.

Situation Report: Sudanese Violations in the Border Zone

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Recent DigitalGlobe satellite imagery of the border shared by Sudan and South Sudan shows that the Sudan Armed Forces, or SAF, maintains military units within the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone in violation of the two countries’ September 2012 agreement to remove all armed forces from the Zone.
 
As of July 6, 2013, two of the three earthen-bermed military installations at al Miqenis (El-Seriha) in Sudan’s South Kordofan state remain active.

Satellite Imagery Shows Sudan Maintains Infantry in Border Zone

WASHINGTON -- New satellite imagery reveals that, in violation of a September 2012 agreement to withdraw all armed forces from a demilitarized border zone between the Sudans, the Government of Sudan maintains infantry troops apparently armed with tanks and artillery in the contested zone. DigitalGlobe imagery taken in July 2013 shows activity consistent with military presence in the Safe Demilitarized Border Zone, or SBDZ, in the Sudanese towns of Keri Kera and al Miqenis.
 
Mark Quarterman, Enough Project Director of Research, states:
"The continued violations by Sudan of its agreement with South Sudan jeopardize the peace process between the two countries.
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