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A woman passes by a peacekeeper inside the Bentiu Protection of Civilians site on 15 February 2016 (UNMISS Photo)
June 4, 2018 (JUBA) - A convoy of international peacekeepers patrolling in the Unity region came under direct attack when they were inspecting the security situation in Leer area, said the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday.

In a statement released after the incident, the UNMISS said the attack took place in Rubkway, about 20 km north of Leer town when the convoy, which was heading to Thaker in Mayendit County, stopped briefly to interact with a civilian.

According to the Mission, nobody was harmed or injured by the assailants and no damage was caused to the vehicles.

"UNMISS strongly condemns this attack against its personnel and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of movement of UN personnel carrying out their mandate, and to cooperate with the peacekeepers as they work to protect civilians; monitor human rights; create a conducive environment for delivery of humanitarian aid, and support efforts to restore peace," said the UNMISS.

The statement didn’t identify the attackers but indicated that the patrol was dispatched to the area following reports about villagers fleeing Leer area amid increasing violence against civilians.

Government forces had been accused in the past of attacks on local populations as they are suspected of supporting the rebel fighters.

"The Mission continues to engage with local authorities and to urge the warring parties to stop the fighting and adhere to the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement signed by all parties just over five months ago," further said the statement.

Last year, the UN Security Council condemned an attack against the UNMISS in Leer on 3 May 2017.

The Council recalled that individuals, who, directly or indirectly, engage in attacks against UN missions, other peacekeeping operations or humanitarian personnel, may be designated for targeted sanctions.

(ST)

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  • 5 June 01:24, by South South

    Riak,s IO did this dirty work, but coward of UN can not mentioned their names, wicked people.

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    • 5 June 01:26, by South South

      Sorry, o mean: cannot mention

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    • 5 June 07:03, by padiit gaga

      South south
      This attack was made by Government terrorists civilians whom the think must may support rebels the world body know them more sanctions is coming to their side june 30 is dateline for dinka terrorists to tie on neck.last week Kual and Kirr were crying for forgiveness till Kirr came to Ethiopia.

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  • 5 June 03:00, by One people

    Very Soon UN & united state will blame our government for IOs crime ect because the world as changed to terrorist ect, but my advice to our government is that, you got to be smart and stay strong and defend your country to death, and forget yourself for your people and you will stay in the history until the end of the world, defend yourself like spirit

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  • 5 June 04:12, by lino

    Who is in control for the area where civilians are running away?!!! Recently there were fightings between Taban forces in the area!!!

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  • 5 June 06:12, by Lenin Bull

    Why is UNMISS getting involved in false alarm? If no person was injured, no vehicle destroyed/hit then why make it such a huge problem? The incident occured in SPLA-IO Riek Machar areas, why is UN lazy to pinpoint this group? The UN talks as if it is becoming a party to the conflict in South Sudan!

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  • 5 June 06:18, by Lenin Bull

    Wait, the day is coming when there will be no government in South Sudan, UNMISS will pack its belongings alone and leave without unilaterally renewing its mandate as has become the case now. Do know how many soldiers of UNAMID have died killed in Darfur, Sudan? Do you know how many UN troops died in Mali, Afghanistan, Iraq, Somali, etc? South Sudan is a good country and its people are a good peopl

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  • 5 June 06:22, by Lenin Bull

    Do not try to make mountain out of anthill. Do not try to get money and legitimacy by spoiling the image of South Sudan and its good humble and innocent people. Even God will strike you back for that image and name damage. UN and its security Council and agencies have negatively portrayed the image of South Sudan and its people across the globe and it should stop forthwith.

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  • 5 June 06:27, by Lenin Bull

    First of all when UNMIS was created in 2004, its mandate was supposed to demarcate the border between Sudan and South Sudan and ensure war does not erupt again between Sudan and South Sudan. UNMIS/S was supposed to restrain Sudan from undermining the young country through various ways and means such creating and arming rebellions, border encroachment, diplomatic war, etc.

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  • 5 June 06:31, by Lenin Bull

    UNMISS secretly changed its mandate to secretly spying on the young nation South Sudan and undermining its nascent institutions even to the point of trying to smartly overthrow it and establish itself as the alternative government through UN TRUSTEESHIP! Amazing! Was this the reason UN sneaked itself into our freedom struggle to undermine us from within us?

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  • 5 June 06:34, by Lenin Bull

    UN has left free terrorist number 1 Mr.Omar ElBashir to terrorise and kill thousands in Darfur, Blue Nile, Nuba Mountains, and killing thousands in South Sudan through proxies( Agwelek, SPLA-IO, Cobra, NDM/A, etc).

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  • 5 June 06:37, by Lenin Bull

    Where is UN in Syria, Yemen, Libya, Irag, Afghanistan? UN is not here in South Sudan because there is war and killings. UN is here because there are strategic resources like oil which the Americans and British wants to indirectly and covertly control and finally own.

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    • 5 June 08:11, by Games

      Lenin Bull
      You sound like a suspect that was carried out the attacks on the UN cars. There are many different kinds of evidences in the area that suggests it was the Salva Kiir are militias that were doing those such attempts attacks.

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      • 5 June 12:13, by South South

        Games,

        These are ALIMIGHTY Nuer forces which has not been defeated, they are trying to get food from UNMISS.

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  • 5 June 08:16, by aborigin

    It is apparent when this people (UNMISS and all UN agencies), they tend to make up stories for their funding to be uplifted.. UNMISS should not deviate from its mandate, i personally have no bad intentions towards them but they should fear one thing, South Sudanese are getting wiser and smarter everyday, the counter oppression that is being mounted unto South Sudanese is crystal clear though it is

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    • 5 June 08:19, by aborigin

      In disguise to few unpatriotic South Sudanese, we are cautiously following these events and time shall come when we shall appropriately respond rod roughshod

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  • 5 June 15:23, by Theallseeingeye

    Those in J1(SPLM) who claim to be "the guardian of the state sovereignty" should understand that UNMISS is going no where as long as that Kiir is on the throne.They should either accept change and reform or prepare for another 16 years of struggle, 5yrs have already elapsed.

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