Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir rallied Arab supporters in Darfur by stating no war crimes court or the U.N. Security Council can touch “even an eyelash” on him in response the the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) arrest order for him. President al-Bashir denounced the west for trying to “create chaos in Sudan” and attempting to split Darfur from the rest of the country.
The ICC accuses President al-Bashir of orchestrating the atrocities against civilians in Darfur. 2.7 million have been driven from their homes while as many as 300,000 people have been killed. In response to the arrest warrant, the Sudanese government expelled 13 large foreign aid agencies, mostly those operating in Darfur. According to U.N. estimates, the expulsion of these groups threatens more than 3 million people with the loss of food, health care, and suitable drinking water. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called on the Sudanese president to reverse the expulsion order because of the humanitarian crisis.
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