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Bombardments in East Jebel Marra area, fear effects of toxic material

July 8 - 2012 EAST JEBEL MARRA

Sudanese Air Forces carried out bombardments in Kanjara and Kashni, 25 km north of Tabit in East Jebel Marra, on Sunday, a witness who fled the scene told Radio Dabanga. The bombardments were carried out by one Antonov and one MIG aircraft. The number of human causalities is unknown, but the eyewitness stated he saw tens of dead cattle. He expressed the suspicion that the bombardments acted as a cover for a Sudanese army convoy traveling from El Fasher to Nyala.  

He also reported that tens of people and cattle died after drinking from the craters left by the bombardments. He suspects the water is infected by toxic materials that poured out of the bombs. Citizens of Kanjara and Kashni continue to drink the contaminated water for lack of an alternative.

The eyewitness, who lives in the IDP camp Zam Zam, returned to his lands for the seasonal harvest. He explains that attacks by militias make the trip and working on the lands perilous. His friend Adam Ahmed Ali was killed during such an attack on Sunday while working his fields.

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