Chokepoint: Evidence of SAF Control of Refugee Route to South Sudan (Imagery)

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In preparation for a final assault against the Nuba people who live in Sudan’s southern state of South Kordofan, the Sudanese Armed Forces has cut off the main evacuation routes for refugees fleeing areas already bombarded, has encircled the remaining local civilian population in the last rebel strongholds of the Nuba Mountains, and is building roads and lengthening the closest airstrip within striking range, according to new imagery.

This imagery depicts a fortified chokepoint in Toroge where SAF has amassed apparent artillery, infantry fighting vehicles, and battle tanks. We also captured imagery of a line of six grey smoke plumes on a ridge above Toroge, indicating an artillery barrage, and an Antonov airplane—the aircraft used for bombing attacks—heading toward the location of the apparent barrage.

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Read the report, "Chokepoint: Evidence of SAF Control of Refugee Route to South Sudan."

Read the press release, "Satellites Catch Apparent Artillery Barrage as Sudan Armed Forces Create Chokepoint on Refugee Route to South Sudan."