South Sudan

Bor Youth Face ICC Over UN Camp Raid

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“This attack on a location where civilians are being protected by the United Nations is a serious escalation,” said Mr. Ban in a statement issued by his Spokesperson in New York, which reminded all parties that any attack on UN peacekeepers is “unacceptable and constitutes a war crime” punishable in the International Criminal Court.

“The Secretary-General expresses his condolences to the bereaved families and pledges all possible support to those wounded in this attack,” the statement continued.

The UN Mission (UNMISS) has reported that some 5,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) were sheltering at its base in Bor at the time of the attack.

Dozens were wounded and are receiving medical attention at the compound’s clinic.

In addition, UNMISS says that two of its peacekeepers sustained injuries repelling the armed mob.

Mr. Ban called on the Government to take immediate steps to ensure the safety of all the Mission’s civilian protection sites throughout the country. In his statement, the UN chief also urged all parties to refrain from any actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.

The violence that has swept South Sudan since mid-December 2013 has left thousands dead and forced around a million people to flee their homes after fighting broke out in the capital, Juba, between soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir and forces who sided with former vice-president Riek Machar.

UNMISS has opened the gates at 8 of its bases in the country to those seeking refuge from attacks that have taken on increasingly ethnic dimensions as the fighting has continued.

Four months into the conflict, UNMISS is hosting some 67,000 civilians at its bases.

Meanwhile, the United States has also strongly condemned the attack on the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound in Bor that resulted in dozens of civilian casualties.

We reiterate our call upon the Government of South Sudan to end the violence and to fulfil its primary responsibility to maintain law and order and provide full support for the UNMISS mission to protect civilians,” reads a statement from Marie Harf, Deputy Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC.

The United States also condemned the recent attacks and counter-attacks in the town of Bentiu by anti-government and pro-government forces in violation of the January 23 Cessation of Hostilities (CoH) agreement.

“The deliberate targeting of civilians during these attacks is unacceptable and those responsible for such acts must be held accountable.”

These incidents underscore yet again the urgent need for the Government and opposition forces to immediately stop fighting and cooperate with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Monitoring and Verification Mechanism (MVM).

“We look forward to the MVM report on the incident in Bentiu. We call on both sides of the conflict to honour the CoH agreement signed on January 23, end all military actions, halt all attacks directed at civilians, and enter into an inclusive, political dialogue aimed at ensuring peace, justice, security and economic stability for the people of South Sudan.”

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