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UN: Sudan refugees streaming into South

18 November 2011, 17:48

Geneva - The United Nations refugee agency says hundreds of civilians are fleeing Sudan to its newly independent neighbour South Sudan.

A spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees says about 1 200 people are arriving daily from Sudan's Blue Nile State.

Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva on Friday that as many as 200 refugees are also fleeing the north's South Kordofan state to South Sudan each day.

For months Sudan has been attacking what it calls rebel groups in Blue Nile and South Kordofan.

Fleming said attempts to move the refugees away from the border because of security concerns were hampered by the discovery of landmines along roads.

She said some 350 000 people had moved from Sudan to South Sudan since independence in July.

- AP


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