Home | News    Wednesday 8 July 2015

One killed at UN camp in South Sudan’s Unity state


July 7, 2015 (JUBA) – A man sheltering at United Nations protection of civilian site in South Sudan’s Unity state was killed by unknown gunmen, the mission said on Tuesday.

People wait to fill up their water containers at a camp for internally displaced people in Unity state capital Bentiu (Photo: Matthew Abbott/AP)

The UN, in a statement, condemned the shooting in the “strongest terms possible”.

“UNMISS personnel heard a gunshot at approximately 8:40 p.m. last Sunday that came from the northern perimeter of the PoC site. UNMISS personnel responded promptly and found the body of a male IDP with a gunshot wound in the back,” reads the statement.

Bentiu, the capital of oil rich Unity state, is currently under the control of government forces. Thousands of civilians are being hosted at protection of civilian sites since they took refuge at the UN camp when conflict broke out in the country in December 2013.

“Eyewitnesses told UNMISS that two armed men in military uniforms were seen inside the PoC site and fired the shot that killed the IDP. The gunmen then left the protection of civilian site and fled into the surrounding bush,” UNMISS added the statement.

The identities and motives, UN said, remains unknown as investigations get underway.

“Any attack on a protection-of-civilians site constitutes a direct assault against the United Nations and may constitute a war crime,” the UN mission said in a statement.

This is not the first time that an UNMISS protection-of-civilians site has come under attack by armed individuals in South Sudan but no suspect have ever been arrested.

The UN peacekeeping mission said it was time to hold the suspects accountable.

“UNMISS demands once again that the warring parties in the current conflict honour their obligation to ensure the safety and security of UN personnel in South Sudan as well as civilians seeking shelter within the UN sites and respect the inviolability of UN property and assets in the country,” stressed the release also extended to Sudan Tribune.


Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.

Comment on this article

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.

Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis

Sudan’s legitimate request for UN assistance: the opponents their interior motives? (2-3) 2020-06-05 12:29:45 By: Trayo A. Ali To expose and preempt the plot these opposing forces to the UN are hatching, the tricks and tactics using, the ploys they are crafting and ulterior motives they harbour and the (...)

We neither Forget nor Forgive the 3 June 2019 Massacre 2020-06-04 06:41:26 By Mahmoud A. Suleiman Today Wednesday, June 3rd 2020 comes as the great epic of redemption at the dawn of the third of June 2019, whose memory will remain immortal in the history book, (...)

The untold crisis of health system in South Sudan 2020-06-03 06:49:09 by Dr Jok Gang The South Sudanese war began in 1955 at the time when people of the region began to feel a lack of representation in the government and therefore the absence of the crucial (...)


Latest Press Releases

S. Korea supports UN communities building resilience project in Sudan’s Blue Nile 2019-09-09 09:26:41 UNDP Sudan September 5, 2019 (KHARTOUM) - An agreement was signed on 5th of September between the Korean Ambassador, His Excellency. Lee Ki-Seong and Dr. Selva Ramachandran, Resident (...)

Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders back calls for civil rule 2019-04-26 10:22:06 Press statement by 55 Sudanese lawyers and Human rights defenders on Sudan Sit-in and Peaceful Protest Khartoum -24/04/2019 We, the undersigned (55) Sudanese lawyers and human rights defenders, (...)

South Sudan’s Lafon youth condemn killings of civilians by Pari community 2019-04-03 21:54:29 Press Statement on the Fighting between Pari/ Pacidi and Lotuko/Lokiri on 24/3/2019 Release by The Lafon County Youth Union: We, the Lafon County Youth Union hereby condemn the atrocities and (...)


Copyright © 2003-2020 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.