Fighting in Malakal affects UNMISS compound

Report
from UN Mission in South Sudan
Published on 18 Feb 2014 View Original

From this morning, there has been heavy fighting in and around Malakal between the SPLA in Opposition and the Government forces. Simultaneously, inter-communal clashes flared up within the Protection of Civilians site within the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) compound, which also came under cross fire. The latter situation was contained by UNMISS troops and Formed Police Units, but unfortunately, casualties were later sustained.

A total of ten persons died in the UNMISS Hospital from injuries received both outside the compound and from the clashes within the POC area. Firearms were not used in the latter clashes. A number of IDPs have also received medical treatment.

The Mission’s Malakal compound protects 21,568 internally displaced persons (IDPs). The fighting outside the compound compelled UNMISS troops to concentrate on protecting the perimeter of the camp from this external threat. Violence theting-eruptCe/videthe clashes within the POC area. Firearms were not used in the latter clashes. A number of IDPs have also received medical treatment.

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