Two children killed, eight wounded as Sudan bombs town

NAIROBI, Sept 10 (AFP) -- Two boys were killed and eight other children
seriously wounded when Sudanese government war planes dropped bombs near a
school in a rebel-held town in southeast Sudan, the rebel movement said.

High-altitude Antonov bombers dropped 10 bombs near the school compound in the
town of Yabus in Southern Blue Nile State, close to the Ethiopian border, at
midday on Monday, Samsom Kwaje, spokesman for the rebel Sudan People's
Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), told AFP.

"They are out for an all-out war. They are not interested in peace," Kwaje said
of the government forces.

The dead boys were aged four and seven, he added. The SPLA's capture of the
southern town of Torit on September 1 prompted Khartoum to withdraw from peace
talks in Kenya that had raised hopes for an end to the 19-year civil war
between the Arab and Muslim north and the mainly animist and Christian south.

President Omar al-Beshir vowed in Khartoum on Tuesday that his government would
"impose" peace in Sudan despite the rebel offensive.

Kwaje said Torit was calm despite occasional bombs dropped by government planes
in the town and surrounding areas and appealed to aid agencies to resume
humanitarian work in the area.

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Two children killed, eight wounded as Sudan bombs town


Two children killed, eight wounded as Sudan bombs town

NAIROBI, Sept 10 (AFP) -- Two boys were killed and eight other children
seriously wounded when Sudanese government war planes dropped bombs near a
school in a rebel-held town in southeast Sudan, the rebel movement said.

High-altitude Antonov bombers dropped 10 bombs near the school compound in the
town of Yabus in Southern Blue Nile State, close to the Ethiopian border, at
midday on Monday, Samsom Kwaje, spokesman for the rebel Sudan People's
Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A), told AFP.

"They are out for an all-out war. They are not interested in peace," Kwaje said
of the government forces.

The dead boys were aged four and seven, he added. The SPLA's capture of the
southern town of Torit on September 1 prompted Khartoum to withdraw from peace
talks in Kenya that had raised hopes for an end to the 19-year civil war
between the Arab and Muslim north and the mainly animist and Christian south.

President Omar al-Beshir vowed in Khartoum on Tuesday that his government would
"impose" peace in Sudan despite the rebel offensive.

Kwaje said Torit was calm despite occasional bombs dropped by government planes
in the town and surrounding areas and appealed to aid agencies to resume
humanitarian work in the area.

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