SUDAN: UN UNABLE TO FULLY INVESTIGATE CHEMICAL WEAPONS ALLEGATIONS

UNITED NATIONS, --The UN has only limited access to Jebel Marra, the location in Sudan where Amnesty International alleges Sudanese government forces have used chemical weapons, UN Peacekeeping Chief Herve Ladsous said here.

"We have not come across any evidence regarding the use of chemical weapons in Jebel Marra," Ladsous told the UN Security Council, noting that UN mission's consistently restricted access into Jebel Marra has hindered effective monitoring and reporting.

The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has also assessed that no conclusions regarding Amnesty's conclusions can be made without further investigation.

In a report released on September 30, Amnesty pointed to the alleged use of chemical weapons by Sudanese government forces against civilians in Darfur, resulting in an estimated 200-250 deaths since January 2016.

Amnesty alleges that chemical weapons have been deliberately targeted towards civilians in the remote region of Jebel Marra in Darfur at least 30 times in the past eight months.

Source: Nam News Network

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