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Red Cross Halts Sudan Flights

August 18, 1986|Associated Press

KHARTOUM, Sudan — The International Red Cross today suspended emergency food shipments to southern Sudan after rebels in the area warned that relief flights were not immune from attack.

The warning came as the rebels took responsibility for shooting down a Sudan Airways plane on Saturday. All 60 people aboard the plane were killed. (Story, Page 5.) The International Committee of the Red Cross began emergency flights last Thursday to southern Sudan, where Western relief officials estimate 2 million people face starvation because of a famine brought on by the three-year civil war and by floods.

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