Sudan army targets rebels in S Kordofan

2011-06-14 20:10

Khartoum - The Sudanese army said on Tuesday that it was facing a rebellion in the embattled border state of South Kordofan and was targeting the rebels, as the UN slammed it for causing "huge" civilian suffering.

"We have a rebellion in South Kordofan and we are targeting the rebels," army spokesperson Sawarmi Khaled Saad told AFP.

He was speaking shortly after the United Nations warned of an intensified bombing campaign in the ethnically divided state that was putting civilian lives at risk.

"We are extremely concerned about the bombing campaign, which is causing huge suffering to the civilian population and endangering humanitarian assistance," Kouider Zerrouk, spokesperson for the UN Mission in Sudan, told AFP.

"The intensive bombing by SAF [Sudanese Armed Forces - the northern army] in the past week is continuing in Kadugli and Kauda, where jet fighters dropped 11 bombs at 10:30 this morning (07:30 GMT), apparently targeting an airfield," he added.

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