Fighting in Unity States breaches protection of civilian site in Bentiu

| Updated Feb 04, 2017 at 11:00am



Fighting on Tuesday in South Sudan near the United Nations compound in the town of Bentiu has been condemned by the UN Mission in the country, UNMISS.

An artillery shell landed in the compound, which is currently protecting some 53,000 South Sudanese.

The UN Mission in South Sudan said Tuesday's fighting resulted in a breach of the protection of civilians' site’s perimeter by soldiers of Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

UNMISS stressed that it remains committed to maintaining the civilian character of its protection sites, as they provide safety to civilians under threat of violence.
The African nation has been embroiled in conflict which broke out in December 2013 between government and rebel forces.

UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric shared reports of another attack in Upper Nile State.

” And in Upper Nile State, the Mission reports intermittent fighting around its support base in Renk, with mortars fired from the vicinity of the base. According to the Mission, the fighting around Renk follows an SPLA offensive last week in and around Wad Dakona, a few kilometres south of Renk.

Fighting around Wad Dakona and Renk constitutes the biggest military action since the peace talks collapsed at the beginning of the month.”

The UN Mission is not yet in a position to confirm movement or casualties on the ground.

SOURCE: Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.