RUBKONA, South Sudan - Sudanese planes have bombarded a disputed oil town near South Sudan's border, a southern military official said, and a doctor said bombs aimed at strategic sites in South Sudan's Unity State killed five people.
Colonel Philip Aguer said on Saturday that villages near the disputed oil town of Heglig fell under heavy aerial bombardment and that he expected ground fighting to resume "anytime" soon.
Troops from South Sudan on Wednesday captured the oil-rich border town that is claimed by Sudan.
Aguer said southern forces did not plan to give up the town, which lies along the ill-defined border between the two Sudans.
"As we speak now, the SPLA is still in full control of Heglig," Aguer said, using the acronym for the southern army.
"There are many villages that are being bombed," Aguer said. "The Sudanese Armed Forces are conducting indiscriminate air bombardment by Antonov jetfighters, indiscriminate bombing of Heglig, bombing of oil instalments. They are bombing SPLA positions by long-range artillery," Aguer said.
Aguer could not say how many soldiers had been killed on either side. He said at least 19 South Sudanese soldiers and 240 Sudanese troops had been killed since the recent resumption of hostilities.
Heglig has been the focal point of more than two weeks of clashes between the two nations. Both sides claim the area but Sudan operates Heglig's oil facilities, which account for nearly half of the country's daily production. The town is 100 kilometers east of the disputed region of Abyei, whose fate was left unresolved when South Sudan split last year from Sudan.
The UN Security Council demanded the withdrawal of South Sudan's military forces from Heglig and an end to aerial bombing by Sudan of South Sudan. It also urged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and Kiir to hold a summit to resolve their conflicts.
In Unity State, Bentiu Hospital medical director Peter Gatkuoth said bombs killed four civilians and a soldier on Saturday. Jets released six bombs.
They targeted a bridge that links Bentiu to a road into Sudan. They also hit an airstrip just minutes after a UN humanitarian plane left.