26 Dead in South Sudan Fighting as UN Calls For Restraint

December 17, 2013 12:34 pm0 comments by:

Juba-The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General, Hilde F. Johnson is calling upon parties who are involved in the current South Sudanese clashes to refrain from any community motivated violence.

The call comes at a time when 26 people have been confirmed dead following two days of clashes in the capital Juba.

The Government of Southern Sudan says the fighting was sparked off by disgruntled soldiers who attempted to overthrow the Government.

The UN is warning the parties who are involved in the conflict to refrain from hate speech to avoid it from assuming ethnic dimensions.

“At a time when unity among South Sudanese is more needed than ever, I call on the leaders of this new country and all political factions and parties, as well as community leaders to refrain from any action that fuels ethnic tensions and exacerbates violence, “ said Hilde the Special Representative.

“UNMISS again calls for restraint, and appeals to all to seek a peaceful conclusion to the current crisis. At this juncture, discipline, command and control in the security forces are also more important than ever. Reads a statement issued this afternoon by UNMISS.

According to the statement, the UN Mission is providing protection to civilians seeking refuge from the violence.

As of early Tuesday morning, an estimated 10,000 civilians were receiving protection from the two UNMISS compounds in Juba while the clinic at the Tomping compound had admitted 39 civilians.

They include five children. Three births occurred overnight at the clinic, whose patient caseload has already exceeded its maximum capacity of 35.

Sporadic gunfire continues to be heard in most parts of the city.

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

Civilians fleeing to UN compound. Photo: UNMISS

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