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Amnesty Urges Suspension of Military Aid to Nepal

Amnesty International has appealed for the suspension of all foreign military aid to Nepal's royal government until it stops what the group says are widespread killings and torture in the fight against Maoist rebels.

In a statement issued Wednesday, the rights group urged the United States, Britain and India to halt military aid to Nepal, saying such assistance is facilitating human rights abuses by both sides in the conflict.

Amnesty also asked Maoists to end all attacks against civilians and stop recruiting child fighters.

Nepal's military denies that its troops commit widespread human rights abuses, and says violators are also punished.

The fighting between Nepalese troops and Maoist rebels escalated sharply after King Gyanendra seized absolute power on February 1. The king says he was forced to move because the government was unable to crush the insurgency.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.