Unprovoked attack on supply barge in South Sudan condemned by UN

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Residents at the camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) at the UN Mission for South Sudan (UNMISS) Malakal Base in the Upper Nile State wait in line at the base’s health facility. UN Photo/Isaac Billy 

An attack on Thursday on a four-barge convoy carrying supplies for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has been strongly condemned by the UN.

UNMISS says the convoy was delivering urgently needed food and fuel supplies to its Upper Nile Base in Malakal when it came under small arms attack from the northern bank of the White Nile River.

Rocket-propelled grenades were later fired at the convoy injuring four crew members and UNMISS peacekeepers.

None of their wounds is considered to be life-threatening.

UNMISS says it has yet to establish the identity of the assailants.

Joseph Contreras is the mission Spokesperson.

"The mission is satisfied that it did everything possible to safeguard both the cargo of this four-barge convoy and also notified all the appropriate authorities. I might add that both the SPLA and the opposition forces have denied any responsibility for that attack and they have both indicated that none of their forces was present in the vicinity of Tanga where this attack took place."

UNMISS has once again called on the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and the opposition to respect the inviolability of UN assets and facilities in South Sudan.

The mission is urging the parties to comply with the cessation of hostilities agreement they signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa in January.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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