Fighting in UN base injures more than 60 South Sudanese

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Stephane Dujarric. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

More than 60 people have been injured after riots broke out at a UN protection of civilians site in South Sudan, according to the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

The Mission said the fighting broke out on Sunday at one of their sites on the outskirts of the country's capital, Juba.

Four people are said to be in serious condition.

UNMISS is mandated to protect civilians under threat of physical violence, within its capacity.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, has more.

“The UN Mission says that tear gas and warning shots were fired to halt the rioting. By late afternoon yesterday, however, the situation was brought under control. The Mission is investigating the cause of the rioting, and two suspects have been detained by UN Police on suspicion of allegedly instigating the violence.”

Mr Dujarric added that some 11,000 civilians are being protected by the UN Mission at that site.

More than 100,000 civilians are housed at protection of civilians sites nationwide.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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