Hundreds slaughtered in South Sudan

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UNMISS Juba UN House Protection of Civilians site. Photo: UNMISS/JC McIlwaine

Hundreds of people in South Sudan were reportedly slaughtered by opposition forces in the strategic towns of Bentiu and Bor last April, a UN report says.

Human rights investigators with the country's peacekeeping mission, UNMISS released the report on Friday.

Government troops battled forces loyal to former deputy president Riek Machar over the oil-rich towns

An estimated 353 people were killed and another 250 wounded in the two attacks.

The report says the victims were targeted because of their ethnicity, nationality or perceived support for one of the parties to the conflict.

Joe Contreras is the Spokesperson for the Mission.

"The violence that took place in Bentiu and Bor last April was on such a terrible scale that we wanted to go back and fully investigate and issue an in-depth report about those particular events because at the time they seemed to constitute an all-time nadir in the violence that has taken place since the crisis broke out in December 2013."

The UN also notes that nearly nine months after the events, "no perpetrator has been held accountable" for the killings.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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