Nearly 100 Sudanese Soldiers Hurt In Recent Clashes With South Sudan

KHARTOUM: Almost 100 Sudanese soldiers are being treated at a Khartoum military hospital for injuries suffered in latest fighting with South Sudan.

KHARTOUM: Almost 100 Sudanese soldiers are being treated at a Khartoum military hospital for injuries suffered in latest fighting with South Sudan.

An AFP photographer saw the wounded when Vice President Ali Osman Taha and Defence Minister Abdelrahim Mohammed Hussein visited the men at a military hospital in the capital.

There were 16 wards, each with six soldiers injured in the latest clashes around Sudan's main oil-producing region of Heglig, the photographer said.

Neither army has provided figures for the number of fatalities.

But one Southern soldier in the South Sudan town of Bentiu said earlier: "There are so many bodies at the frontline, so many dead" that it is impossible to bury them or bring them back.

The South Sudanese army claimed Saturday to still be in control of Heglig after Khartoum said it had launched an offensive to recapture its most important oil centre, where the South's troops took control on Tuesday.

World powers have urged restraint after the latest round of heavy fighting began with waves of aerial bombardment hitting the South, whose troops seized the Heglig region from Khartoum's army.