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Sudan Rebels Say Two Children Killed in Air Raid

Monday, 18 Nov 2013 11:34 AM

KHARTOUM, Sudan — Two children have been killed during a Sudanese government airstrike in South Kordofan state, where troops have been battling rebels for two years, the insurgents said on Monday.

Sudan's military spokesman could not be reached for comment, and the government restricts access to the region, which makes independent verification difficult.

The children died in Tanasa village, near Buram town, in the strike by a government jet on Sunday, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement-North said in a statement.

It said the victims were aged 10 and seven.

The purported late-afternoon bombing occurred at roughly the same time that rebels from the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) said they began a withdrawal from a railway town they occupied for several hours, more than 200 kilometers (120 miles) north of Buram.

Rebels began a pullout from the small community of Abu Zabad late Sunday afternoon "because the government started airstrikes," JEM spokesman Gibril Adam Bilal told AFP.

A local resident reported aircraft including helicopters in the Abu Zabad area before nightfall Sunday.

A second resident said he heard the sound of an aircraft on Sunday, and distant explosions.

"Today [Monday] life in Abu Zabad is normal," the first resident said. "But there are bullet holes in the walls of shops at the main market."

Residents said the rebels, who arrived firing their guns in the air, had targeted a small army facility and police station in the town.

Sudan's army spokesman, Sawarmi Khaled Saad, said on Sunday that JEM wanted to loot fuel and food from the market. He said the military repulsed their attack and killed the rebel commander.

JEM said it killed two government troops.

Abu Zabad is in North Kordofan state, just over the border from South Kordofan, where the Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army-North is active.

SPLM-N and JEM belong to a rebel alliance aiming to topple the Khartoum regime and instal a government more representative of the country's diversity.

The military says it is beginning an operation to crush the insurgents.

International human rights groups have accused the Sudanese military of "indiscriminate" aerial attacks, while the government several months ago said the rebels killed civilians in shelling of the South Kordofan capital Kadugli.

© AFP 2017

 
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