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Sudanese Rebels Say Government is Bombing Civilians

Rebels in eastern Sudan say government war planes have been bombing a rebel area near the border with Eritrea, wounding several people.

A spokesman with rebels known as the Eastern Front said Friday, the bombing began Thursday in the Barka Valley region near the town of Tokar, 120 kilometers south Port Sudan on the Red Sea.

The French news agency quotes a rebel spokesman as saying many civilians have been injured by the bombs, and much livestock has been killed. He says the bombings continue Friday.

There has been no independent verification of the air strikes.

Fighting broke out between the rebels and government troops near Tokar early this week. Two Sudanese rebel factions joined forces in February to form the Eastern Front.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and Reuters.