South Sudan

UN Warns S. Sudan: Attack on Our Base Amounts to War Crime

The United Nation has warned that the attack on its base in the fragile South Sudanese capital Juba amounts to war crimes.

In a statement released by its humanitarian agency on Tuesday, buy the world body condemned the spread of violence into the base that is also home to hundreds of thousands of civilians who have taken refuge.

“We are deeply worried at reports that UN compounds and protection of civilian sites have been directly caught in the fighting and apparently at times directly targeted. Attacks against civilians and UN premises and personnel may constitute war crimes, order ” part of the statement reads.

The UN compound in Juba on Sunday was rocked with shelling from light and heavy ground weaponry; mortars and Rocket Propelled Grenades. Dozens of civilians were killed in the clashes as government forces under President Salva Kiir battles the opposition soldiers of Dr. Riek Machar.

Two Chinese soldiers serving under UN peace keeping mission in South Sudan were also killed on the same day when a mortar shell reportedly hit an armored vehicle they were using to conduct patrol along the site.

Four other Chinese peace keepers were seriously injured in the incident.

The UN Human Rights also condemned the killing. “We strongly condemn the killing of two peacekeepers and several injured yesterday.” The agency also said it is gravely concerned at the rapid change of security and humanitarian situation in Juba.

“We are extremely concerned at the rapid deterioration of the security and human rights situation in South Sudan. Since Thursday, the capital Juba has experienced repeated clashes between soldiers loyal to President Kiir and those backing First Vice President Machar.”


So far, according to figures from the Health ministry, at least 272 people have been killed, including 33 civilians.

In spite of the call for calm by the two leaders in a joint press conference on Friday, and a brief lull on Saturday, heavy fighting resumed in Juba on Sunday and yesterday, with both sides blaming each other for the escalating violence.

Another worrying development is that there are indications the violence has started to spread to other States.

Clashes reportedly erupted yesterday in Mundri, Lainya, Kajo-Keji and Yei, in Central Equatoria State, as well as in Torit, in Eastern Equatoria State.

The world body called on Kiir and Machar to exercise full leadership and reign on their worrying forces. “We call on both leaders to exercise their leadership and make a concerted and genuine effort to stop their respective forces from fighting each other, as well as to do their utmost to ensure the protection of the civilian population.”

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