Deadly attack on UN base in South Sudan

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UN peacekeepers in South Sudan UN Photo/Isaac Billy

A deadly and unprovoked attack on a United Nations base in South Sudan has injured dozens of civilians, according to the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the country, UNMISS.

The number of casualties has yet to be confirmed.

UNMISS said it strongly condemns Thursday's attack by a mob of armed civilians on its base in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State.

According to the mission, there were around 5,000 displaced civilians in a protected site inside the base.

The assailants came under the guise of peaceful demonstrators intending to present a petition to UNMISS.

The mission said the violent attack happened despite repeated warning shots fired by UN peacekeepers.

Joe Contreras, Spokesperson for the mission, described the situation 40 minutes into the attack.

“The armed mob dispersed after more warning shots were fired in the air. Subsequently, the commanding officer of the Indian battalion of the mission in Jonglei met with the senior commander of the Sudan people's liberation army in Bor and that commander deployed SPLA troops to help secure our compound and cordon off the site from any further protests or attacks.” (24″)

Renewed fighting has also violated a cessation of hostilities agreement in Unity State's Bentiu Town that erupted last Monday.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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