South Sudan

4 Injured In Grenade Attack On UNMISS Barge Convoy

more about geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to their statement, pharm a convoy of barges was hired by the Mission to deliver urgently needed food and fuel supplies to the UNMISS Upper Nile Base in Malakal.

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The attack took place on the Nile River, near Barbuoui.

UNMISS has yet to establish the identity of the assailants, and spokespersons for both the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and SPLA/M In Opposition forces have denied any responsibility for the attack and indicated that none of their forces is present in the area of Upper Nile State where the attack took place.

“The attack began at approximately 10:15 hours local time when the barges came under small arms fire from the northern bank of the White Nile to the west of the Upper Nile State town of Tonga as they were steaming eastwards.”

Rocket-propelled grenades were later fired at the convoy of four vessels, and four crew members and UNMISS peacekeepers were wounded during the incident, continues the statement.

However, none of their wounds is considered to be life-threatening.

The convoy, according to the Mission, left the Central Equatoria State town of Mangalla on April 18, with 16 crew members and 56 UNMISS peacekeepers aboard, and it resumed its voyage towards Malakal early yesterday morning.

“Two of the barges are carrying a total of 65,000 kilograms of food rations for UNMISS and UN agency personnel and internally displaced persons currently living in the UNMISS compound to the north of the Upper Nile State capital.”

A third barge is said to be carrying 372,000 litres of diesel while a fourth vessel is laden with 338,000 litres of jet A1 fuel.

All clearances were obtained from the relevant South Sudanese authorities prior to the departure of the convoy six days ago.

“UNMISS once again calls on the main parties to the South Sudan crisis to comply with the cessation of hostilities agreement they signed in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on January 23, 2014 and also respect the inviolability of UN assets and facilities in South Sudan.”

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