"Horrific" reports of looting, burning in Abyei -U.S.

JUBA, Sudan Tue May 24, 2011 12:28pm EDT

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JUBA, Sudan May 24 (Reuters) - The United States said the United Nations had received "horrific" reports of looting and burning in Sudan's disputed Abyei region after Khartoum seized the area, its ambassador to the United Nations said on Tuesday.

"There have been horrific reports of looting and burning, there are large numbers of displaced moving south in what is by definition dangerous circumstances," Susan Rice, who co-heads a delegation of the U.N. Security Council, told reporters in Juba, the capital of south Sudan.

North Sudanese armed forces seized Abyei at the weekend and moved tanks into the main town, forcing tens of thousands to flee, according to the United Nations. (Reporting by Jeremy Clarke; Writing by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Louise Ireland)