Up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes, UN diplomats told

0
264

December 18, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has received reports from local sources in South Sudan that between 400 and 500 people have been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence in Africa's youngest country, UN Security Council diplomats said on Tuesday.

December 18, 2013

UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has received reports from local sources in South Sudan that between 400 and 500 people have been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence in Africa's youngest country, UN Security Council diplomats said on Tuesday.

A handout photo released by the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan on December 17, 2013 shows civilians seeking protection, walking inside the UNMISS compound on the outskirts of Juba.

"Two hospitals have recorded between 400 and 500 dead and (up to) 800 wounded," a diplomat said on condition of anonymity, citing an estimate United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous gave during a closed-door briefing for the 15-member body.

Earlier on Tuesday, a South Sudanese health ministry official told Reuters that at least 26 people were dead after rival groups of soldiers started fighting in Juba on Sunday night and into Monday morning. Gunfire and blasts continued sporadically up to Tuesday evening.


Courtesy: Reuters