Sudan forces accused of killings in Blue Nile
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Last Updated: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 22:13
  
Juba: Sudanese government forces and militias are "killing and raping civilians in Blue Nile state" as they flee violence and bombing, a human rights watchdog said on Tuesday.

The Enough Project, a group backed by Hollywood star George Clooney, repeated calls for further investigation into alleged atrocities and for humanitarian access to the southern state where conflict has raged since September.

While many flee across the border for fear of Antonov bombers, "some Blue Nile residents also reported that government forces were targeting, killing, and raping civilians," it said in a statement.

The report came after members of the group visited the Sherkole refugee camp in Ethiopia, which almost 29,000 people have fled to, and the town of Kurmuk which straddles the border with Sudan.

"Soldiers with small arms were chasing the civilians," the group quoted one refugee from the town of Um Darfa as saying. "They were supported by the Fellata (an ethnic group in Blue Nile), who captured some of the civilians and slaughtered people," including women and children, said the refugee.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, November 01, 2011, 22:13


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