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UN condemns “deadly attack” on Jonglei’s Bor camp

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April 17, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has strongly condemned Thursday’s alleged attack by armed youth on it base in Jonglei state capital Bor, which left at least 30 people dead.

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South Sudan’s Jonglei state was the scene of fierce fighting after conflict erupted in the country in mid-December, with thousands of civilians seeking shelter at the UN base in the capital, Bor (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement issued on Thursday, UNMISS said it was as yet unable to confirm the number of dead and injured.

The UN base, housing an Indian contingent of peacekeepers, was reportedly overrun by armed youths from the Dinka Bor tribe, who opened fire on civilians indiscriminately, including women and children.

The site is currently providing protection to about 5,000 internally displaced people (IDPs), predominantly from the ethnic Nuer group to which rebel leader Riek Machar hails.

“The UN Mission in South Sudan strongly condemns today’s (Thursday’s) deadly and unprovoked attack on its base in Bor,” the statement, extended to Sudan Tribune reads in part.

The agency has called on South Sudan’s leadership to uphold its responsibilities to protect all South Sudanese civilians and maintain public order.

“UNMISS additionally calls on all national, state and local authorities and forces to protect all civilians, to ensure that the inviolability of United Nations premises is protected, and to take effective measures to prevent a recurrence of such attacks,” the statement said.

The raid at the UN base reportedly occurred after armed local youth entered the site to deliver a protest letter calling for IDPs to be relocated from the area.

It’s believed protesters were angered after witnessing the celebrations of IDPs after the Unity state capital, Bentiu, was recaptured by pro-Machar rebels on Monday.

However, youths claimed they were simply responding after being fired on from the UNMISS camp.

UNMISS has disputed these accounts, saying the armed mob forced its way inside despite repeated warning shots fired by its forces.

“The armed mob forced entry into the site and opened fire on the internally displaced persons sheltering inside the base. UNMISS peacekeepers returned fire, and the mob retreated from the base,” the agency said in its statement.

WAR CRIME

The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon, issued a statement on Thursday, saying any attack on UN peacekeepers constitutes a war crime.

“This attack on a location where civilians are being protected by the United Nations is a serious escalation,” the statement said.

“The secretary- general expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and pledges all possible support to those wounded in this attack,” it adds.

Medical sources have put the death toll from the incident at about 30, but this has not yet to be officially confirmed

Bior Kuer, a health worker at Bor hospital, said 14 people were being treated after being wounded in the attack, while three other people from the Dinka Bor tribe had died.

“These youth tell us that some bodies are still lying outside the UNMISS camp, but we don’t know how many,” said Kuer.

There are conflicting reports emerging about the incident, with UNMISS health officer William Oyual putting the death toll at 20

“Very many people are injured and the death toll could rise anytime,” he told Sudan Tribune by phone from the UNMISS base.

Kuer claimed youths came under fire from UNMISS, while Oyual said armed elements had overwhelmed peacekeepers and forced their way into the site.

“The UNMISS soldiers ran for their protection and these youth entered [the] POC (Protection of Civilians site) and began shooting at people,” said Oyual.

Two UNMISS peacekeepers also sustained injuries during the incident.

In December, the UNMISS camp in Akobo, a Nuer area, also came under attack, leading to the death of two peacekeepers and 20 civilians of Dinka origin.

President Salva Kiir, a Dinka, has accused his former deputy, Machar, of staging a coup in mid-December that kick-started the four-month-old conflict.

Machar has denied the claims, but admits heading a rebellion comprised largely of defected army personnel and armed Nuer civilians.

A political power struggle between Kiir and Machar erupted in violence on the 15 December 2013, with loyalties in the country dividing along tribal lines.

The South Sudanese army (SPLA) has accused Sudan’s feared Arab Janjaweed militia of supporting rebels in Bentiu following the strategic oil-rich town’s recapture earlier this week.

The latest round of violence has shattered a tenuous ceasefire deal between South Sudan’s warring parties, negotiated during peace talks in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

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- 30 people killed following clashes at UN base in Jonglei: reports
- Rebels say they have recaptured Unity state’s Bentiu from South Sudan army

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  • 18 April 05:56, by Chol A.

    This is unfortunate, UNMISS denying their mistake as they first shot civilian and now put blame on youth! Your usual condemnation on government it naive but it now clear you aim your gun on Dinka civilian only rather than being neutral on this crisis. Dinka have been attacked in your UN base in Nasir but you failed to aim gun on Nuer attackers now you do in Bor by killing protestors what a shame

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    • 18 April 06:13, by omoni jr.

      Chol Asshole,
      your mobsters protested and then marched to UNMISS protection site,demanding the relocation of IDPS. We Equatorians will do the same to your ugly ass IDPs setlling across the Equatoria land.

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      • 18 April 06:31, by omoni jr.

        This is outragous and it is actually constitute the war crime as Ban- ki -moon said, these were all SPLA-KIIR THUGS who implement the second phase of genocide after the one committed in juba on 12/15/2013. It is surprised me to see Dinkamen killed unarmed children,women and ages without mercy. This is all president kiir plans.

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        • 18 April 07:07, by Majongdit

          Omoni Jnr,
          You are not an equatorian. You are a Nuer. Don’t be shy to accept where you belong. And please don’t wish more chaos in the peaceful region of Equatoria. The UNMISS forces fired at the protestors who wanted to present a petition....just only that; upon that and after seeing their members dead, the youths broke into the compound.

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      • 18 April 06:41, by Chol A.

        Omoni nyagat, you made UN base to be your house of protection but believe me or not you soon be force out of UN base and join other IDP. These Dinka who are in Equatoria are not shelter in UN base why are coward Nuer being in camp?

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    • 18 April 06:21, by Mi diit

      Where did the so-called Dink Bor youth get the guns inside the state capital? Why did the government allow them to protest with guns? And why would they ask for relocation of IDPs who belong to Jonglei state? This is a planned massacre by the government of Salva Kiir. More than 100 women and children murdered. But these coward Dinka Bor will soon feel a bad revenge in their villages.

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      • 18 April 08:15, by mathem jech amer

        Mi diit
        where did all Nuers civilians get their weapons from?

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  • 18 April 06:14, by Jubawe

    To president Kirr and ally, the more you order your army to kill civilian the worst you propering yourself for ICC, people doesn’t look at the youth but they look at the leaders so this is the worst case ever, we lost words on President Kirr even though he try good things, it’s just unbelievable president can behave like that by ordering army to kill civilian inside camp.

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  • 18 April 06:23, by Jubawe

    We need all the Dinka Bor out from eastern Equatorian Camp immediate, we lost words on president and army, it’s unbelievable behavior to order your youth to kill civilian inside the camp, what kind of leader is that, again we lost words on Kirr and ally

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    • 18 April 06:46, by John The President

      Jubawe, Omoni, Mii Diit
      now you people are understanding how bad its for the youth to storm the UN based.this case is not like what happened in Akobo and other areas where UN allowed Nuer youth to mudern unarmed Dinka civilians. this was a peaceful dominstration according to the report. the question you should us your self is why the UN shoot at the peacful protestors who intended to submit patit

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  • 18 April 07:00, by Joseph Canada

    I thought the youth in Jongolei state were disarmed. How comeMurle were disarmed while Dinka are left with arm? Wel, this is the best example of which we can define the leadership under Kiir!

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    • 19 April 14:23, by mathem jech amer

      Joseph Canada
      what about Nuer youth were they disarmed?

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  • 18 April 12:27, by Agutthon

    Don’t condemn evacuate them the provocateurs.

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