UN human rights chief condemns Sudan's bombing of South Sudan

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Refugees from South Sudan

Sudanese air attacks on civilian areas in South Sudan have been condemned by the UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay.

Ms. Pillay, who is visiting South Sudan, said the attacks could amount to an international crime.

"I am saddened and outraged to learn that such attacks which place civilians at great risk and have already killed and injured some and caused many thousands of others to flee, have been taking place yet again in recent days. I have seen UNMISS photographs showing recent huge bomb craters in civilian areas, including a market place. Deliberate or reckless attacks on civilian areas can, depending on the circumstances, amount to international crime."

UNMISS is the UN Mission in South Sudan which is helping the new nation to consolidate peace and security and establish conditions for development.

South Sudan gained its independence in 2011 but unresolved issues related to citizenship, border demarcation and oil have resulted in fighting with its northern neighbour, Sudan.

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