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UN Says 10 Killed in Malakal Fighting

A young woman runs through the street as gunshots ring out a few streets over, in Malakal, Upper Nile State, in South Sudan on Jan. 21, 2014. A ceasefire agreement signed two days later has been repeatedly violated.
A young woman runs through the street as gunshots ring out a few streets over, in Malakal, Upper Nile State, in South Sudan on Jan. 21, 2014. A ceasefire agreement signed two days later has been repeatedly violated.
Mugume Davis Rwakaringi
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says 10 people have been killed in the northern town of Malakal, where government troops and opposition forces clashed for a second day Wednesday and fighting erupted inside the U.N. base sheltering thousands.

“There are 10 people who died of their injuries in our hospital facility, including people who were outside the compound at the time they suffered their injuries, as well as civilians who are living inside our premises,” UNMISS spokesman Joseph Contreras said.

All 10 fatalities were civilians, Contreras said.



The situation inside the U.N. compound has been brought under control, UNMISS said, but an unspecified number of people are being treated for injuries sustained both inside and outside the U.N. compound.

“The Mission strongly condemns those who instigated the inter-communal violence" inside the UNMISS base "and reserves the right to take appropriate action against these individuals,” UNMISS said in a statement.

It also condemned the fighting in Malakal between pro- and anti-government forces, saying it did nothing to restore stability in the country and exacerbated "an already dire situation for the civilian population."

Thousands of people are believed to have been killed in South Sudan since fighting broke out in mid-December. Some 870,000 others have fled their homes, 145,000 of them to neighbouring countries and 75,000 to UNMISS bases, and the United Nations' World Food Programme has said some 3.7 million people are in urgent  need of food assistance in South Sudan.


Malakal 'still in chaos'


Army spokesman Philip Aguer said Malakal was "still in chaos" Wednesday. 

The Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and anti-government forces accuse the other side of starting the fighting on Tuesday.

Lul Ruai Koang, a spokesman for the opposition, said anti-government forces are now in full control of the town, and the government's insistence to the contrary was propaganda.

"It is always difficult for the government to admit defeat. I am basically saying we are in full control of Malakal," Koang said.

Aguer contested the opposition's claim, saying, "The rebels are in the southern part of the town and the SPLA is in the northern part of the town.”

A U.N. spokesperson in New York told reporters that fighting appeared to have subsided by late Tuesday, but added that "there are continued reports of gunfire and mortars being heard in the area."

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by: Akol Atak from: South sudan
February 19, 2014 4:34 PM
The role of Riak is that he want to loss lives of innocent people from both sides .

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