UN deplores attack on its base in South Sudan's Jonglei State

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Farhan Haq

The situation in Akobo County, in South Sudan's Jonglei State, has deteriorated after the UN base in the area was attacked.

Farhan Haq, the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, broke the news to the media on Thursday.

He says there may have been some fatalities, but could not confirm who or how many.

"The situation in Jonglei has deteriorated. In Akobo, earlier today, where civilians have gathered including 32 as of last night, Lou Nuer youth have reportedly forced an entry into the UNMISS Temporary Operating Base to reach those civilians. Fighting took place and we have yet to ascertain the situation.  UN Mission in South Sudan will try and extract unarmed UN personnel from Akobo, while rei nforcing the base in Akobo with additional 60 troops from Malakal tomorrow."

Meanwhile, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has released a statement condemning the attack on its base.

At the time, the statement reads, 43 Indian peacekeepers, six UN police advisers and two UN employees were present at the base.

About 30 South Sudanese were also in the base, seeking shelter from the turmoil plaguing areas of Akobo County.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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