Security Council strongly condemns continued fighting across South Sudan

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Civilians have borne the brunt of fighting in Wau and across South Sudan. Photo: OCHA/Gemma Connell (file photo)

The United Nations Security Council has strongly condemned continued fighting across South Sudan as well as the attacks directed against civilians.

In a statement issued on Saturday, the Council called on all parties to cease hostilities “immediately.”

It also urged the Transitional Government of National Unity to take measures to ensure that those responsible for the attacks are held accountable.

Jocelyne Sambira has the details.

The crisis in South Sudan has left tens of thousands dead since forces loyal to the president and his former deputy began fighting in late 2013. 

Pointing to the recent incidents in the Equatoria and the Upper Nile regions of the country, the members of the Security Council expressed concern over reports of killings of civilians, sexual and gender-based violence, destruction of homes, ethnic violence and looting of livestock and property.

Targeting civilians may constitute war crimes and those involved could be subject to sanctions, the Council members warned. 

They also expressed “deep alarm” that more than 84,000 individuals have fled South Sudan since the beginning of January and that many continue to be displaced internally.

Members of the Security Council urged all stakeholders to implement the peace agreement brokered by the UN in 2015 which relies on both a national dialogue and a major international effort involving the UN, the African Union, and the regional trade bloc known as IGAD.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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