Violent conflict continues in South Kordofan and neighbouring Blue Nile State.
SPLA-N rebels claim to have destroyed four government tanks near Kadugli town. Refugees who have fled across the borders to South Sudan and Ethiopia accuse government forces of mass killings and rape (although these claims has not, of yet been independently verified).
SPLA leaders have asked the International Community to withhold humanitarian aid from Sudan until it halts its assault of the resource rich rebel states (find a more detailed description of their appeal here: http://www.sudantribune.com/Arman-says-economic-assistance-to,40575)
There has been little in the Western Press about the violence, although Reuters and AFP have been releasing regular (if sparsely detailed) updates. The New York Times however carried an interesting profile of an American aid worker who has built a life in the region and has refused to flee the recent violence http://www.sudantribune.com/Arman-says-economic-assistance-to,40575