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45 groups urge Sudan to stop bombing in south

June 10, 2014

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Forty-five peace groups and humanitarian organizations are urging Sudan’s government to stop bombing and targeting civilians in the violence-wracked south.

In a letter to the U.N. Security Council, the African Union and the Arab League, the coalition said recent bombings especially in Sudan’s South Kordofan state reached an “unprecedented” intensity.

The SPLM-North, a rebel group backed by South Sudan, has been fighting government forces in South Kordofan and neighboring Blue Nile.

The coalition said it also provided video footage and photographs showing destruction over four days in late May when it said close to 60 bombs were dropped on Kauda, the unofficial capital of rebel territory in South Kordofan. It said many bombs landed in the town’s market, some hit local humanitarian organizations, and others fell close to two schools.

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