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U.N urges S. Sudan’s warring factions to protect civilians

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April 17, 2017 (JUBA) – The acting head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Moustapha Soumaré has urged warring parties in the war-torn nation to protect innocent civilians.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The U.N expressed concerns over reports of clashes between government and opposition forces in various locations around the country, citing the recent fighting which occurred in Raga town of the Western Bahr El Ghazal region.

Reports of clashes, it said, have led to the displacement of civilians.

“The situation remains calm, but tense in Wau as peacekeepers patrol the town with a focus on protecting civilians,” the U.N said.

It added, “The mission is also closely monitoring the situation in Wunkur in Unity State, where a UN patrol over the weekend reported a large number of government soldiers and heavy weapons and the absence of civilian activity”.

Meanwhile, the world body said it was denied access to some areas of Pajok in South Sudan’s Eastern Equatoria state, despite assurances from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and government authorities.

“The mission intends to deploy another patrol tomorrow [Tuesday] to visit areas outside of Pajok, where displaced civilians reportedly are,” the U.N further stated.

Fighting between armed forces loyal to ex-First Vice President Riek Machar and government surged recently, including the clashes in Eastern Equatoria state town bordering Uganda, Pajok and Wau in the north-west of the country.

Thousands of people have fled to Uganda from Pajok and 13,500 others were received at the UNMISS protection of civilians sites in Wau after the clashes.

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  • 18 April 10:06, by Kush Natives

    U.N. you’re correct! Rebels, you we’re talking about?

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    • 18 April 14:42, by Midit Mitot

      Bad thing from UN is always not specific, why don,t you talk to that genocidal regime who is always displacing civilians, raping them, torturing them, murdering them and burning them alive?

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  • 18 April 10:15, by Kush Natives

    Correction:
    Rebels do you know what we were talking about?

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    • 18 April 10:34, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Just another confused jienge. Take your time to think then write. This has been our problem with jienges. They irrationally act first then think afterwards. We Equatorians think first then act. See the difference ya MTN?

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      • 18 April 11:38, by Kush Natives

        Oh Jesus Christ! What’s wrong with this social media? I didn’t mentioned any region’s name here! What’s wrong with jubamzafka?

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  • 19 April 08:51, by Adok son

    Tell this to the government, because here in SS,rebel are acting like regular government and government acts like irregular rebel of the LRA of Uganda.
    Come and save these innocent civilian instead of siding with that rotten govt.And we seek U.S. A not to act like previous years of Obama which needs only our resources rather than human safety

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    • 19 April 14:36, by Garang Akeen Tong

      @Adok son, beating dream that you will not dance is worse ever, why are others people dance it for you, you are really idiotic who lose game.

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  • 19 April 14:43, by Garang Akeen Tong

    ........correction why are you inviting others people to dance it for you.

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