Sudanese air strikes send flood of refugees into Chad

Sudanese air strikes against three towns in West Darfur have sent thousands of refugees fleeing across the border into Chad, said UN officials Saturday. The Sudanese military confirmed it had dropped bombs on the Sirba, Sileia and Abu Suruj during a strike against rebels. "They are quite traumatized," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees spokeswoman Helen Caux, adding that they have sent a team to investigate the situation. Darfur rebels denied any of their fighters were in the towns attacked by the government Friday and said some 200 people were killed in the attacks by helicopter gunships and fixed-wing aircraft and thousands fled.