29 May '11, 2pm

'Ethnic cleansing' in Sudanâs Abyei: monitors

Fresh satellite images of Sudan’s flashpoint Abyei area provide evidence of war crimes committed by the northern army, including "state-sponsored ethnic cleansing," monitors alleged on Sunday. Northern troops overran the contested border region last week, drawing condemnation from world powers, who have warned the action is a threat to peace between north and south. Tens of thousands of people fled southwards when Khartoum’s troops and tanks, alongside northern-aligned militia gunmen, poured into the area. Khartoum ordered the official termination of the UN's north-south peacekeeping mission on July 9, the date the south is to declare full independence following a referendum, said Suna state news agency. The Satellite Sentinel Project, which obtained and analysed the images, said they show "extensive and wanton destruction and appropriation of property without the just...

Full article: http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ethnic-cleansing-sudan-abyei-mon...

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