US demands Sudan halt bombing in South Sudan

WASHINGTON (AP) ? The U.S. is demanding the government of Sudan immediately stop bombing South Sudan, saying the aggression greatly increases the potential for direct confrontation between the two countries.

It comes after military aircraft from Sudan crossed the new international border with South Sudan and dropped bombs Thursday in and around a camp filled with refugees.

White House press secretary Jay Carney called the bombings “provocative” and an “outrageous act” and said those responsible must be held accountable. In a statement, he called on Sudan to “halt aerial bombardments immediately” and said negotiations between the two countries must immediately resume on ceasing the hostilities.