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UN convoy attacks in South Sudan’s Leer area

June 7, 2018

By Deng Machol

At least 98 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the civil war erupted in December 2013 [File: Ben Curtis/AP]

At least 98 aid workers have been killed in South Sudan since the civil war erupted in December 2013 [File: Ben Curtis/AP]

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan says has condemned an attacks on it convoy on Monday by unknown armed group in the Unity State region, northern part of the country.

The international peacekeepers patrolling came under direct attack when they were inspecting the security situation in Leer area, according the UNMISS press release on Tuesday.

It says a convoy consisting of peacekeepers and civilians came under fire when it stopped briefly to interact with a civilian in Rubkway, about 20 kilometers north of Leer town, which was heading to Thaker in Mayendit County.

“No one was injured in the incident, and so far, no damage to the vehicles has been identified,” it said in a statement.

But it condemned the attack against its personnel and called on all parties to respect the freedom of movement of UN personnel and to cooperate with the peacekeepers.

“UNMISS strongly condemns this attack against its personnel and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of movement of UN personnel carrying out their mandate, and to cooperate with the peacekeepers as they work to protect civilians; monitor human rights; create a conducive environment for delivery of humanitarian aid, and support efforts to restore peace,” said the UNMISS.

The statement didn’t identify the attackers but indicated that the patrol was dispatched to the area following reports about villagers fleeing Leer area amid increasing violence against civilians.

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