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S. Sudan admits over 270 killed near presidential palace

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July 11, 2016 (JUBA)- Authorities at South Sudanese Ministry of Health have warned that the death toll from Friday’s fighting in Juba could rise as over 270 lives have already been lost.

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Information minister Michael Makuei Lueth (R) speaks at a media forum as presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny looks on in Juba on 7 September 2014 (ST)

The ministry, in a statement issued on Sunday which was also confirmed by Juba Teaching hospital, said up to 32 dead bodies were identified by relatives

Government spokesperson, who also doubles as minister of information, Michael Makuei Lueth, confirmed the figures, but could not say which side was badly affected.

Officials from both sides have given out to the media conflicting accounts, with each side giving less casualty figures so as not to frustrate their fighters involved in a deadly clashes which begun on Thursday before extending to presidential palace on Friday, resulting in the death of hundreds and destruction of properties.

The statement gives a break down showing 44 government soldiers, 5 Police and 190 fighters allegedly believed to be SPLA-IO soldiers, given their distinctive military uniforms, have died during the clashes which broke out the presidential palace on Friday.

It further added that 34 government soldiers and 10 civilians caught in the cross fire and five police officers were being treated for their injuries at Juba Teaching hospital.

Juba Military Hospital, the statement noted, was also treating 15 other civilians and two at Peace Hospital, a private Chinese health facility in Juba.However, those with critical wounds and whose family members, relatives and friends could afford an expensive hospital bills were taken to Juba complex and other private practices in Juba town.

Authorities said more information would be availed with time, but regretted the loss of lives.

"Health professionals are doing their best to ensure lives are saved and minimize the suffering," it noted, adding "The death toll is expected to rise as these are preliminary figure".

(ST)

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  • 11 July 2016 09:10, by dinkdong

    It use to hurt hearing the Khartoum government saying Southern Sudanese are not capable of ruling themselves, but regretfully, that is something I am afraid we could all agree now.

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  • 11 July 2016 09:16, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    I wish government will not allow Riek Machar, to go out this time.

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  • 11 July 2016 09:20, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Let this time be a final mission for Dr. Machar , and he will never succeed it.

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    • 11 July 2016 14:40, by Joseph Canada

      hahaha. People like you think Riek is the problem while the other side is mistreating the citizens like slaves. I would like to let you know that Dr. Riek is alive and kicking. The only person who is lost now is Malong. Someone else is in charge of Bilpham as we speak. Justice will come to life in less than 72hrs.

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