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Satellite images reveal oil pipeline damage in Sudan

Sudan: Satellite pictures of the disputed border area occupied by South Sudan for 10 days revealed severely damaged key oil installations. The satellite images showed that the significant parts of the Heglig oilfield in Sudan are damaged.

 They were analysed by the US-funded Satellite Sentinel Project (SSP), which said it is impossible to know who was responsible for the damage. Sudan and South Sudan have accused each other of attacking oil facilities.

Access to the disputed border region around Heglig is limited, making it difficult to verify what is happening in the area. The pictures provided by SSP suggested that the oil industry has been deliberately targeted.

One picture highlighted a damaged oil collection point at the end of two pipelines. SSP stated that it is impossible to know whether the damage was done by aerial bombing or ground attacks.

SSP, which was set up to campaign against the return to full-scale civil war between the two countries, used pictures from DigitalGlobe satellites, which were analysed by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.

Source: BBC