Chemical weapons attack probed
PARIS: France wants an international investigation to decide whether Sudanese government forces used chemical weapons in Darfur after allegations in a “worrying” report by Amnesty International.
The rights group said on Thursday that the Sudanese government had carried out at least 30 probable chemical weapons attacks in the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January, using what two experts concluded was probably a blister agent.
A French foreign ministry spokesman, describing the report as “worrying”, said the serious allegations had to be investigated.
The rights group estimated up to 250 people might have died as a result of exposure to the chemical weapons agents.
Sudanese UN Ambassador Omer Dahab Fadl Mohamed said on Thursday that the Amnesty report was “utterly unfounded” and denied Sudan possessed chemical weapons. Amnesty said the most recent attack had occurred on September 9. Its investigation was based on satellite imagery, more than 200 interviews and expert analysis of images showing injuries. – Reuters