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South Sudan army loots main UN warehouse in Juba

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Medics from aid agency Doctors Without Borders (MSF) treat patients at a makeshift clinic in the grounds of the Catholic Catherdral in the South Sudanese capital Juba on July 15, 2016 after days of fighting left hundreds dead and forced thousands to flee their homes. (AFP-Peter Martell Photo)

July 15, 2016 (JUBA) - Soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA), the official army of South Sudan, have invaded the World Food Programme’s (WFP) main warehouse in the country’s capital, Juba, and looted all food items found in it.

The circumstances under which the soldiers invaded the warehouse remained unclear. The official spokesperson of the army did not make any comment on the situation.

Some military sources claimed they carried out the action because they were told the warehouse was used for storing different military supplies, including food items for armed opposition loyal to First Vice President, Riek Machar.

"The information was received from the command was that the warehouse was used as the main store for military supplies belonging to the SPLA-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition]. We were told it was not a warehouse for relief items. The command said they were military supplies which we should capture and destroy them," said a military officer on Friday who was part of the operation.

WFP confirmed in a report on its website that warehouse has been ransacked but did not say the identity of the group. The area in which the warehouse is located however falls under exclusive control of the government forces after armed opposition forces changed their headquarters following days of intensive fighting in which several lives and properties have been lost.

Government soldiers were seen carrying stolen food items on their heads and shoulders while others used private and military vehicles to ferry away the looted items, some of which were seen being sold in Gudele 2 market, located west of the town.

The warehouse, according to the report of the WFP, was holding one month of life saving food items for 220,000 people before the fighting erupted.

(ST)

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  • 16 July 2016 00:24, by Mr Point

    SPLA Oyee!

    The brave soldiers have liberated supplies that would only have been wasted on the starving civilians.

    The country must do more to support the brave soldiers. If it were not for the brave soldiers we might have an unnecessary peace.

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    • 16 July 2016 08:50, by Thokidine

      @pointless, we are still saying SPLA Oyee even when they are tarnishing our image, how can a national army loot relief supplies if it is not Mathiany Anyoor, the tribal army? if at all the army are suspicious, why did they carried the food while they were there to take what is thought to be harmful. There is no way to cover ur shame, Dinka are looter from day one. lying n fabricating will not was

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      • 16 July 2016 13:04, by Eastern

        Thokidine,

        You don’t understand the English language very well. Mr Point is being sarcastic; he’s not praising the monstrous SPLA/M. Grow up!!

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    • 16 July 2016 14:25, by jubaone

      Mr. Point,

      Think of thousands of rag-tag, ill-trained, ill-fed, illiterate foot soldiers who are not in the SPLA pay roll-the "mathiang anyor" and who have to scavenge through banditry and armed robberies. The UN Food Depot comes just in the right time: free-food. Bravo! That is part of their culture; free food and loot.

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  • 16 July 2016 14:27, by Whortti Bor Manza

    Oh Dinkas, you can lie without a single shame. You cannot even understand what a UN agency WFP is. How on earth can WFP store food for the opposition. In the first place this food is meant for Warrap and Northern Bahr Ghazal your own areas prone to hunger and starvation because of your lazy nature.

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