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Friday, September 30, 2016

Sudan Used Chemical Weapons In Attacks On Villages In Darfur Region Which Is Affecting The Health Of The Children, Claims Amnesty


A child with blisters said to have been caused by
chemical weapons. Pic: Amnesty

Sudan has been accused of using chemical weapons in at
least 30 attacks on villages in the country's Darfur region.
Human rights group Amnesty International posted
video and pictures on its social media sites which it
says show children with injuries caused by chemical
attacks.

A child who Amnesty International says was
affected by chemical weapons

It says they show youngsters gasping for breath after an
attack, and with blisters on their skin.
Up to 250 people may have died - many of them children -
as a result of the weapons banned by an international
agreement that Sudan is a signatory to
The most recent attack is said to have taken place on 9
September.
Sudan has denied using chemical weapons.
The attacks are alleged to have taken place in the Jebel
Marra area of Darfur, where the Sudanese government has
been battling rebels in a civil war.
Human rights groups say the region has been the scene of
ethnic cleansing by groups loyal to the Arab-controlled
Sudanese authorities.
Amnesty says more than 170 villages have been destroyed
or damaged by the "Sudanese authorities and irregular
groups working in concert with them" since the start of
2016.
Chemical weapons are thought to have been used in at
least 30 of these.
Amnesty says its research is based on satellite images,
expert photo analysis and 200 telephone interviews with
survivors.
Images in a video on its YouTube page show villages it
says were heavily bombed.


Dr Keith Ward, a chemical weapons expert, says in the
video: "We are certain that the kind of injuries seen and the
explanations for what people saw at the source of the
attack, could not be explained simply by the explosive
effects of either conventional or incendiary munitions."
Amnesty's director of crisis research, Tirana Hassan, calls
it "a true violation of international norms. It is a war
crime".
The civil war has raged since 2003 when rebel groups took
up arms in response to what they saw as an attempt to
oppress the non-Arab population.
The UN estimates 300,000 people have died in the conflict
and 2.7 million have fled their homes.
The Sudanese ambassador to the UN, Omer Dahab Fadl
Mohamed, said the claims were "utterly unfounded" and
that Sudan does not possess chemical weapons.
He said: "The allegations of use of chemical weapons by
Sudanese Armed Forces is baseless and fabricated.
"The ultimate objective of such wild accusation is to steer
confusion in the ongoing processes aimed at deepening
peace and stability and enhancing economic development
and social cohesion in Sudan."
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