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. An example of that military presence seen in Figure 2 reveals that one those installations apparently continues to be manned with two artillery batteries (four howitzers), eight technicals (trucks with machine guns mounted in the cargo bed), several four-wheel drive, off-road vehicles, and two cargo trucks. The satellite image also shows the tracks of three armored vehicles consistent with tanks. The imagery shows more than 120 tents and other structures in that location provide support and shelter to the reinforced infantry company (consisting of 150-200 personnel) believed to be billeted there.
In addition, DigitalGlobe imagery taken on July 9 reveals that an apparent SAF military installation at Keri Kera in Sudan’s White Nile state continues to be manned by a reinforced infantry company equipped with three apparent tanks, three howitzers, at least three technicals, and more than 100 tents (Figure 3). Neither installation shows any signs of preparation for withdrawal, and both were as active as they were when last reported on in SSP’s June 2013 report “Troops in the Demilitarized Zone: Confirmation of Violations by Sudan and South Sudan".