Sudan made good on all its war-talk by bombing a refugee camp last week. Nothing unusual there, except for the fact that the camp is in another country - the newly independent South Sudan. Not that Khartoum particularly respects South Sudanese sovereignty.
Sudanese military forces have bombed a refugee camp in neighbouring South Sudan, the United Nations confirmed today, calling for an urgent investigation into what its top human rights official warned could amount to "a serious international crime."
A fresh wave of air strikes in Sudan's Blue Nile State since last Wednesday has sent increasing numbers of refugees fleeing into Ethiopia, with some 1,500 pouring through the Kurmuk border crossing last Friday alone. The latest bombs reportedly fell Monday.
An estimated 300,000 people have been killed in Darfur since the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied Arab militiamen erupted in 2003 and about 2.7 million others have had to flee their homes. Both sides have been accused of numerous human rights abuses.
The eye witness said that the wounded refugees were currently at the city's hospital but denied medical treatment. "The medical staff there were not giving them any treatment and ignoring them completely," he said.
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