South Sudan

JUBA CLASHES: 50 Killed Inside UN Base

The fighting broke out while President Kiir and his deputy Machar were in meeting

Heavy gunfire that resumed in the South Sudan capital Juba on Sunday morning between forces of President Salva Kiir and his vice Dr. Riek Machar spread to the United Nations’ base, approved killing 53 people.

According to a source at the world body’s base in Jebel that houses the protection of civilian site and UN officials, abortion multiple heavy artillery and Rocket Propelled Grenade rounds discriminately hit the place today morning.

Saturday recorded calm following a devastating clash on Friday that reportedly claimed 150 lives though reports emerging from the country’s Health ministry on Sunday put the death toll figure at 270.

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On Sunday, try fighting started from the base of Machar faction and went on for about four hours. Helicopter gunships were seen hovering at the base.

At around 10:00 am rumors rocked the capital that Machar forces were moving to the UN base in Jebel.

The rumor was immediately followed by heavy shelling on the world body’s base.

“Heavy shells have been landing here for about two hours. Helpless civilians have lost their lives here. Bodies littering almost everywhere,” a humanitarian worker at the site who asked not to be named told this reporter on phone.

The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon appealed to both sides to exercise restraint on their forces.


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