South Sudan

Machar Accuses SPLA Of Bor Killings

web geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Yesterday, pharm 200 demonstrators attacked a UN camp in Bor and pushed out Nuer civilians sparking off shootings that killed 20, according to UN officials and wounded scores.

However, according to a statement released by Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, the rebel military spokesperson, “Government troops attacked and overran UNMISS Camp in Bor.”

“Kiir’s forces forced their way through the main UNMISS gate, indiscriminately opened intense and sustained fire on civilians, killing 200 people mostly women and children and wounded 300 others,” continues the statement.

Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, told us last evening that the number of the dead was in hundreds but could not confirm the actual figure.

All Bor sources said the attackers were civilians but rebels insist they were government troops “dressed in civilian clothes”.

The aggression shown by Salva Kiir in making baseless accusations against the UNMISS is the same his troops have implemented in Bor,” points out Machar in a social media message.

He added: “We condemn in the strongest terms the killing of innocent IDPs sheltered in Bor by the government forces dressed as civilians in disguise.”

While it is widely believed that the attackers were angry with Nuer IDPs for celebrating the fall of Bentiu town recently, others say it was because National Security had just intercepted UN ferries carrying arms.

“It was feared that UNMISS would use the same weapons to arm Nuers against Dinkas in the same camp,” a source said.

For the record, UNMISS has denied shipping the said weapons and insisted that the cargo had food and other supplies.

Similar incidents in which armed militias attack a UN base have been reported in South Sudan.

At the outbreak of the conflict, armed youth attacked a UN base at Akobo and killed civilians.

Another case was reported at the start of the year as SPLA pushed rebels out of Bentiu in Unity states.

Yet another scenario was recorded in the Malakal where militias raided hospitals, shot and killed patients in their beds and made away with supplies.

Both warring sides in South Sudan have continuously been implicated in mass violation of human rights coupled with indiscriminate killings.


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