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U.N chief condemns attack on South Sudan base

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May 4, 2017 (LEER) – The head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), David Shearer has “strongly” condemned an attack on its base in the war-torn nation, saying it was carried out in disregard of lives of civilians as well as that of humanitarian workers.

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David Shearer (UN photo)

According to the world body, its mission’s Temporary Operating Base (TOB) in Leer town in the former Unity state came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby government-held town on Wednesday between 11pm and midnight.

The Ghanaian company of UNMISS peacekeeping forces based there quickly and robustly returned fire, deterring the attack, it said.

“They reacted in the best possible manner, according to the true spirit of peacekeeping. Their quick defensive action secured the safety of all of the internally displaced people who had sought UN protection adjacent to the base,” said Shearer, in praise of Ghanaian forces for successfully repelling the attack on their base.

“We strongly condemn the attack, and call on all parties to the conflict to respect the sanctity of UN premises,” he added.

There were no UNMISS or other casualties within the base from the attack, the world body stressed in its statement on the incident.

“We are here to protect and support the people of South Sudan. The base is located at Leer for that reason. The people are hungry and deprived as the result of the famine. However, it is clear the attackers have no consideration for their plight, given those who most desperately need help will suffer more because of a likely resulting delay of humanitarian aid,” further stated the U.N chief.

Although the U.N said it is probing the incident, there is reportedly no confirmation of which party to the conflict carried out the attack.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever outbreak of violence since December 2013.

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  • 5 May 2017 08:28, by Paul Ongee

    Look at this statement..."TOB) in Leer town... came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby government-held town on Wednesday between 11pm and midnight. Contradiction: ..."there is reportedly no confirmation of which party to the conflict carried out the attack." What does the direction have to to with government but not the UN-supported rebels?

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  • 5 May 2017 08:29, by Paul Ongee

    Look at this statement..."TOB) in Leer town... came under small arms attack from the direction of the nearby government-held town on Wednesday between 11pm and midnight. Contradiction: ..."there is reportedly no confirmation of which party to the conflict carried out the attack." What does the direction have to to with government but not the UN-supported rebels?

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  • 5 May 2017 08:42, by Paul Ongee

    In Juba, some men & their families came out & resumed their daily life but those Riek’s remnants who dropped their military uniform at de UN gate & took refuge r still there. Take dem to Khartoum or Gambela instead of keeping dem because dey are no longer men. But it’d b problem if dey attempt to come out & celebrate with de rebels as it used to happen when Malakal & Bentiu exchanged hands.

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    • 5 May 2017 09:58, by Malakal county Simon

      Why all parties???? when we all know is government routine to attack UN bases like what happened in Bor UN base few years ago

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