Sudanese villagers claim that the Sudan Air Force dropped chemical bombs on western Sudan in the Dharfur region this past May. One alleged attack was
the dropping of 8 plastic bags filled with a powder which opened when they hit the ground, villagers and animals subsequently died and many became ill
from inhaling the fumes. The other attack was a bomb which created a noxious smoke after hitting but a helping wind moved the cloud from the village
limiting the effects according to this report.
SHEGEK KARO, Sudan, Aug 17, 2004 -- Inhabitants of this picturesque village in the Darfur region of western Sudan said the Sudanese air force sprayed
them with a strange powder in an attack in May that killed two villagers and dozens of cattle.
Another bomb, dropped by a jet fighter on the same day, produced a poisonous smoke that injured about 50 villagers on the other side of the village,
the villagers said.
A Sudanese air force Antonov plane dropped several rectangular plastic sacks containing a white, flourlike powder on a wadi -- a dry riverbed -- in
the lower part of the village, they said.
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The government denies any chemical attack, and a representative of Human Rights Watch said "We cannot verify or disprove at the moment any
assertions of a chemical attack," also denying that they received samples of the powder for testing. While there are calls for an investigation, it
is unsure if an investigation has started to prove or disprove these allegations.
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