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    One Killed in Clashes at UN Camp in South Sudan

    A U.N. peacekeeper stands guard at the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal.
    A U.N. peacekeeper stands guard at the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) base in Malakal.

    One person was killed and eight others were wounded when machete-wielding youths clashed inside the United Nations camp in Malakal, where thousands of displaced South Sudanese have sought shelter, a U.N. official said Tuesday.

    “Fighting broke out between groups of youth in our protection of civilians site at the Mission's compound in Malakal in the late afternoon of Monday," Joe Contreras, the acting spokesman for the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said.

    "There was one fatality involving an IDP and at least another four IDPs were injured. Four of our U.N. peacekeepers suffered minor injuries as they tried to separate the two fighting groups,” Contreras said.

    Upper Nile state Information Minister Peter Hoth confirmed in a telephone conversation with South Sudan in Focus that there had been clashes at the camp, but he described the incident as minor.

    Contreras said the youths involved in the fighting attacked each other with machetes and sticks. UNMISS peacekeepers and police officers had to use teargas to break up the fighting.

    Contreras said the clashes appeared to involve "one group of mainly Nuer youths against one group of mainly Shiluk youths." He said the camp was still tense but there had been no further fighting.

    Clashes at the same IDP camp in March claimed the lives of 10 people, Contreras said.

    The UNMISS camp in Malakal houses close to 20,000 IDPs. Many of them fled to the camp after fighting that erupted in Juba in December last year spread to other parts of South Sudan, including Upper Nile state.

    Contreras said the abduction from Malakal this month of two South Sudanese who worked for the United Nations had ratcheted up tensions in the camp. The U.N. workers are still missing.

    A separate outbreak of violence at one of the U.N. camps in Juba at the weekend left at least 60 people injured, Contreras said. That camp houses some 11,000 IDPs. 

    Around 100,000 people are sheltering at U.N. camps around South Sudan.

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    by: eusebio manuel vestias from: Portugal
    October 30, 2014 8:16 AM
    international community end the war in South Sudan

    by: Tut Gach Luak from: USA
    October 29, 2014 1:29 PM
    I think, shilluk need to stop what they campaigning in this conflict. We have no intention problems with shilluk and they acting like they are created of nuer genocide. Malakal is not their city if that is what they been acting irresponsible lately. They need to stop harassing others and focusing on their family protection like rest of others in malakal. What they are provoking now will not let them to achieve their peaceful live inside and out camp. Upper Nile belong to people of Upper Nile including shilluk as well. I dont see who will think own Malakal or anywhere else. They have to shot up and understand fully how this war shifting now. We dont want them to be center of the problems they are not belong to.

    by: thiechkoang from: South Sudan
    October 29, 2014 2:20 AM
    Why the western world fight hard for the Ebola out break?

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