10 April 2012
Last updated at 15:10 ET
South Sudan depends on oil sales for 98% of its revenue
Sudan has accused South Sudan of attacking its oil fields along the border between the countries.
A government statement, which described the offensive as “severe”, came after South Sudan said it had been hit by more air strikes inside its territory.
South Sudan‘s military spokesman said there was also a ground incursion, which was repulsed.
Such clashes erupted two weeks ago, the most serious since South Sudan became independent in July last year.
The countries fought a long civil war before South Sudan seceded, taking most of the oil fields although it has to export the oil using pipelines through ports in Khartoum’s territory.
In January, South Sudan, which depends on oil sales for 98% of its revenue, shut down all of its oil fields in a row over the fees Sudan demands to transit the oil.
Each side blames the other for starting the recent fighting along the undemarcated and disputed frontier in the oil-producing Heglig area.
Category: South Sudan News