UN in South Sudan assesses aftermath of Malakal clashes

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A volunteer in the South Sudanese town of Bor arranges corpses, victims of repeated clashes between government forces and rebels. Photo: IRIN/Hannah McNeish

Several patrols conducted by the UN Mission in South Sudan in Malakal, Unity State over the weekend counted more than 100 bodies scattered along their routes, the UN Spokesperson told the press on Monday.

The UN Mission found a deserted town, said Martin Nesirky, with signs of looting and burning.

Malakal was recently the scene of heavy fighting between pro-Government and opposition forces in violation of a cease-fire signed near the end of January.

UN Spokesperson Mr. Nesirky has more.

"UN Mission personnel also visited various civilian sites in the town, including churches and a hospital. At the Malakal Teaching Hospital, the patrol observed approximately 100 patients, most of whom were wounded or sick. UNMISS extracted 13 patients requiring urgent medical attention to its hospital within its base."

The UN Mission continues to protect some 22,000 civilians at its site in Malakal.

Overall, 75,000 people are sheltering in a number of bases across South Sudan.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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