Sudan says Amnesty International’s report on use of chemical weapons in Darfur “fabricated”

Sudan foreign ministry on Thursday described the report of Amnesty International, which contained accusations of Sudan’s army of using chemical weapons in Darfur, as “fabricated and baseless.”

“The foreign ministry would like to express its absolute rejection of the allegations of the report of Amnesty International and regard them as baseless and fabricated accusations,” said Sudan’s foreign ministry in a statement, a copy of which was obtained by Xinhua.

“The report aims at crippling Sudan’s efforts to complete the procession of peace and stability, realize economic development and enhance consensus and social harmony,” added the statement.

The statement reiterated Sudan’s commitment to the international convention on the prohibition of the production and use of chemical weapons as it is a signatory member of the convention since 1998.

Amnesty International on Thursday issued a report accusing the Sudanese army of killing dozens of civilians, including children, in attacks using chemical weapons in Sudan’s Darfur.

According to Amnesty International, at least 30 likely chemical attacks have hit Jebel Marra between January and September this year, pointing out that the chemical weapon use it documented may have killed 200 to 250 people, with many or most being children.

The report, which came in over 100 pages, features satellite images of destroyed villages, over 200 survivor testimonies and photographs of children suffering from chemical burns.

Jebel Marra area had witnessed heavy fighting between the Sudanese army and the rebels of the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM)/Abdul-Wahid Mohamed Nur faction since the mid-January 2015 before the Sudanese army declared its control over the area last April.

The area was one of the strongholds of the SLM/Abdul-Wahid Mohamed Nur faction, located in Central Darfur state and covers an area of 12.800 square km.

It is the second highest mountain peak in Sudan as it stands more than 3,000 meters above sea level.

Source: National News Agency