Sudanese government still attacking Darfur, says UN

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The Sudanese government launched a fresh wave of air attacks in Darfur yesterday worsening an already desperate humanitarian situation, the United Nations reported last night. The UN also said Arab militia were continuing to target refugees trying to escape the conflict.

The Sudanese government launched a fresh wave of air attacks in Darfur yesterday worsening an already desperate humanitarian situation, the United Nations reported last night. The UN also said Arab militia were continuing to target refugees trying to escape the conflict.

"Fresh violence included helicopter gunship bombings by the Sudanese government and Janjaweed (militia) attacks in South Darfur," the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in Geneva.

Despite recent pledges to co-operate to end the humanitarian crisis, the Sudanese gov- ernment has hampered access to hungry Darfuris by restricting relief flights and causing "major delays" in deployment of aid workers, the UN said.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International said yesterday the Sudanese government was press- ing people not to report human rights abuses. The government has arrested 49 people since June 30 for speaking out about rights abuses in Darfur.

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