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U.N. Begins Aid Airdrops in Sudan's Darfur

The United Nations began airdrops of food into Sudan’s conflict-ridden Darfur region, a U.N. agency said Monday, the same day Egypt said it was airlifting medicines and other necessities. The Rome-based U.N. World Food Program said that it had dropped 22 tons of food supplies to the farming town of Fur Buranga in western Darfur on Sunday using an Antonov-12 plane. The agency plans to deliver a total of some 1,400 tons of food in a first round of airdrops to help more than 70,000 people displaced by the 17-month conflict. The agency has said it anticipates that the air-supply effort in Darfur will exceed the Berlin airlift of the late 1940s.Full Story

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