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Celebrities react to Clooney arrest

American actress Eliza Dushku and Glee star Harry Shum Jr have sent their support to George Clooney after he was arrested outside the Sudanese embassy.

US State Department 'shares Clooney's concerns' about Sudan

George Clooney and his father Nick protested about the crisis in Sudan Credit: AP Photo/Cliff Owen

The US State Department said that it shares George Clooney's concerns about the humanitarian crisis in Sudan and said he was "exercising his right as a citizen" after his arrest earlier.

A spokeswoman for the department said: "We believe it is absolutely critical for the government of Sudan to allow humanitarian access to Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile to alleviate the humanitarian suffering."

Clooney met US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton yesterday.

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What is George Clooney protesting about over Sudan?

  • South Sudan gained independence from Sudan last year, capping a 2005 peace deal that ended their long civil war. But they are still arguing about where their border is, control of the disputed Abyei territory and fees South Sudan pays Khartoum to export oil from Port Sudan.
  • Clooney says violence between Sudanese soldiers and South Sudan rebels in border areas involved repeated bomb and missile attacks on unarmed civilians who already face a serious humanitarian crisis. He has urged Washington to get tough on Sudan president Omar al-Bashir and other Sudanese officials.
  • Aid experts have warned that as many as 250,000 people in the Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile border states could be at risk of famine by late April and have demanded Khartoum stop blocking humanitarian access.
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