UN: Kiir’s Forces Looted, Killed Civilians

The United Nations has said the SPLA mainstream faction under President Salva Kiir committed human atrocities including killing, viagra looting and raping of civilians mainly from the Nuer tribe.

The preliminary investigations by the world body into the recent heavy gun battle in South Sudan revealed that SPLA- in Government in the last month of July that registered resurgence of fighting, recipe targeted civilians.

The recent fighting between rival forces of Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing the deliberately missing First Vice-President Dr. Riek Machar – erupted in and around the capital city Juba on 7 July.

“Preliminary investigations into the recent fighting in South Sudan indicates that Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, ambulance and looted and destroyed properties,” the UN human rights chief
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Thursday at the world body’s headquarters in New York calling on the Security Council to take stronger action.

Mr. Al Hussein added that tensions remain very high in the unstable nation “Tensions remain very high, and violations continue to take place in Juba and other parts of the country,” He said in a new release after providing a written update on the preliminary findings dubbed “snapshot” of the incident, on Tuesday to the 15-member Council.

He said that information received by UN human rights officers suggests hundreds of fighters and civilians were killed during the initial fighting. While some civilians were killed in crossfire between the
fighting forces, others were reportedly summarily executed by Government (SPLA) soldiers, who appear to have specifically targeted people of Nuer origin.

In two separate incidents on 11 July, SPLA soldiers reportedly arrested eight Nuer civilians during house-to-house searches in Juba’s Munuki area and took them to two nearby hotels, where they shot four
of them. On the same day, SPLA soldiers reportedly broke into another hotel where they shot and killed a Nuer journalist.

At least 73 civilian deaths have been compiled so far by the UN and it is believed the civilian death toll may turn out to be much higher.


The UN said it was denied access to some of the hardest-hit areas in the days following the conflict and a number of restrictions on movement remain in place.

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