UN protection camps in South Sudan threatened by recurring violence

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In an ongoing effort to create a safe environment for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) sheltered on the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) Protection of Civilians' sites (PoC), UN Police conducts search operation in Juba PoC. Photo: UNMISS

Recurring civilian on civilian violence inside UN protection camps in South Sudan, complicated by the presence of armed elements, poses a threat to their sustainability.

That's what the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said in a briefing on Friday to the Security Council.

A recent outbreak of inter-communal inside a protection camp for civilians in Malakal city has left seven dead and at least 40 injured.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The UN provides protection for around 200,000 homeless civilians at six different bases.

Following the incident, the Secretary-General warned that an attack on civilians or peacekeepers inside UN premises "may constitute a war crime."

UN troops have increased their patrols around these various protection sites while physically securing the surrounding areas.

Here's the UN deputy special envoy, Mr Moustapha Soumare.

"Unfortunately, civilian on civilian violence complicated by the presence of armed elements remains a frequent occurrence within these sites and underscores the challenge the Mission faces in their sustainability."

Meanwhile, Mr Soumare also pointed to the situation in western Bahr el Ghazal particularly around the town of Wau which has also escalated over the past 48 hours.

Fighting between SPLA and organized armed group in the area continues to threaten civilians and has resulted in a steady influx of displaced persons into Wau.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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