South Sudan

Lives On Line As War Returns to Tor, Mayom

shop http://chesapeakebaydiningguide.com/wp-includes/class-wp-simplepie-sanitize-kses.php geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>“The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that there was fighting in various parts of the country over the weekend,” said Farhan Haq briefing journalists at UN Headquarters in New York.


In resource-rich Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, the Mission reported heavy fighting between Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition soldiers, including in the vicinity of a UN base.


“After the Mission engaged with both warring sides, forces left the area last evening,” he said, adding that UNMISS military enforced the perimeter security in the camp before fighting resumed.


A four-year-old girl seeking refuge at a UN base died from an injury caused by a stray bullet in a recent attack.


Near Bentiu, UNMISS also reported fighting in the northern city of Tor and close to Mayom Junction in Unity state.

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Heavy clashes between the SPLA and opposition forces were also reported yesterday in Renk, at the northern tip of South Sudan, and Nassir, further southeast, in Upper Nile State using “tank and mortar fire, with some of the shells landing close to the UNMISS base there”, according to the spokesperson.


In the South Sudanese, capital, Juba, the Mission reported that peacekeepers fired teargas to disperse a crowd after a skirmish broke out between Nuer internally displaced persons and some members of the Dinka community living outside the UN House protection site.


Meanwhile, five construction workers employed as UNICEF contractors to build a temporary learning space for displaced children in UN House were attacked by a group of stone-throwing displaced persons on Friday.


UN military and police peacekeepers were able to control the situation but at least two people were injured.

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