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Two killed, 8 injured in clashes at UN camp in S. Sudan

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November 25, 2019 (BENTIU) – Two people died and eight United Nations personnel, including five policemen, were injured when clashes erupted between intoxicated youth at a UN protection of civilian site in Bentiu on Thursday last week.

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A view of the Protection of Civilians (POC) site near Bentiu, in Unity State, South Sudan (Photo UN/JC McIlwaine)

When UN police officers intervened to stop the violence and protect others, youths reportedly turned on the officers, pelted them with stones and hit them with sticks.

“Youth also tried to seize weapons from the peacekeepers and vandalized two guard-posts. Two warning shots were fired into the air to disperse the rioters,” the UN said Monday.

“UNMISS is carrying out an investigation into the rioting, including the death of the two young men involved. Community leaders are assisting with this process,” it added.

The incident has been condemned by community and political leaders in the area.

On Monday, community leaders apologized for actions taken by the youth within the UN protection of civilians’ site.

A delegation from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition met with community leaders at the protection site and urged the youth to refrain from violence against other displaced people and UN personnel within the area. They also vowed to back efforts to hold the perpetrators accountable.

The UN protection of civilian sites were established in December 2013 to provide sanctuary to civilians fleeing violence when a civil war erupted. As of 7 November, a total of 190,455 civilians were sheltering at various PoC sites on UNMISS bases, with 117,767 in Bentiu alone, the largest population compared to other regions in the country by far, figures from the world body indicate.

South Sudan descended into civil war in mid-December 2013 when President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of plotting a coup, allegations the latter dismissed.

In September last year, the country’s rival factions signed a revitalized peace deal to end the civil war that killed tens of thousands of people and displaced millions.

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  • 26 November 2019 09:46, by Mayendit

    Yeah, the UNMISS and the rest of the international community will just learned a little by a little specific, the nature of the Nuers people in South Sudan. The Indian peacekeepers soldiers were killed in Nassir county when they were trying to help Dinkas women and their children whom were families of South Sudan army unfortunately, they shoot dead. Similar to that in Bentiu UN camp. The Nuers peo

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  • 26 November 2019 09:55, by Mayendit

    The UNITED Nation must learn now, the Nuers people don’t care whether or not you feeds them or taking side to support them still will no any different put that in your note book. This is why they mess up South Sudan nation because of violence that has not end for years. One of the peacekeeping soldier said, they were trying to grabbing their guns and that’s good lesson to learn.

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  • 26 November 2019 10:45, by Mayendit

    It’s time for UNMISS and the world to make sure all these refugees camps must be let go back to their communities because doesn’t make sense to protect them while, they violated for the rules set as under UNMISS protection. The State government have been calling refugees to return back but that call was resisting by those people wanted to benefits from the conflict zone. Time to return all South S

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    • 26 November 2019 15:00, by Senator Y

      Our country needs real peace and that why those who have been in the concentration camp for more than five years are now killing themselves. When God is going to help South Sudan?

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