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Human rights group Amnesty International has accused the Sudanese government of carrying out at least 30 likely chemical weapons attacks I the Jebel Marra area of Darfur since January, using what experts conclude were probable blister agents.

The rights group estimated that up to 250 people may have been killed as a result of exposure to the chemical weapon agents.

According to Amnesty, the most recent attack was carried out on September 9.

It goes on to say that its investigation was based on satellite imagery, with more than 200 interviews and experts analysis of images showing injuries.

“The use of chemical weapons is a war crime. The evidence we have gathered is credible and portrays a regime that is intent on directing attacks against the civilian population in Darfur without any fear of international retribution,” said Tirana Hassan, Amnesty International’s director of Crisis Research.

Amnesty said it had presented its findings to two independent chemical weapons experts.

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