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UN peacekeepers apologise for failure to protect civilians in Malakal

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February 22, 2016 (JUBA) – United Nations peacekeepers in South Sudan have apologized for failure to repel an attack on a protection of civilians’ site in Malakal last week.

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UN peacekeepers in South Sudan with one of their helicopters (UNMISS)

18 civilians were killed and over 80 others injured when youths from Shilluk and Dinka Padang communities clashed at a UN-manned site hosting nearly 50,000 civilians.

“We are really sorry, and sorry is an understatement,” Ariane Quentier, the spokesperson for the UN mission in South Sudan told a local radio in the capital, Juba on Monday.

She, however, said more UN police and security forces will be deployed to deter future attacks.

“It’s very sad that something like 18 people probably would not have lost their lives,” said Quetier.

The clashes in the Upper Nile state capital were the second deadly raid on UNMISS facility. An attack on civilian protected areas left at least 46 dead in April 2014. An estimated 200,000 South Sudanese took refuge at six UN sites at the onset of the conflict in mid-December 2013 for fear of being targeted and killed by government forces.

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  • 23 February 2016 06:39, by Eyez

    Just admit that you failed to protect the victims due to your own selfish reasons, because, sorry won’t bring the victims back. You had the personal and firepower to deter the culprits, but you ran for cover to protect your own necks. What is the purpose of you being here then, or is it for the money?

    If you can’t do your job, why not pack up and go back home, useless UN.

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    • 23 February 2016 08:04, by Ayuen deng

      So what is the meaning UNMISS in Malakal ?????

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    • 23 February 2016 09:13, by Simon Puok Nyang Tutjiek

      UNMISS ARE FAKE PEACE KEEPERS.

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  • 23 February 2016 07:09, by Son of Ngundeng

    They paid them some money by the government of Dinka
    its not because they failed to protect the civilian. We know what kinds of game played by Makuey lueth and his colleague Chol Thon Balok.
    And the reason was 28 states for the other tribe to flee to their new created states that was trick from the government.

    Son of prophet
    currently at GHQs Fagak.

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    • 23 February 2016 07:28, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      that is funny even you said at the end is not true.

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