UN out­raged over S/Sudan deadly base at­tack

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The UN has ex­pressed ou­trage at a deadly at­tack on one of its bases in South Sudan, say­ing it could “con­sti­tute a war crime”.

Thurs­day’s at­tack by armed youths on the base in Bor left at least 58 dead, in­clud­ing chil­dren.

Thou­sands of civil­ians are shel­ter­ing from eth­nic vi­o­lence there.

The UN said its peace­keep­ers re­turned fire as a mob of some 300 people forced their way into the base in an “un­pro­voked at­tack”.

Thou­sands of people have been killed in South Sudan since fight­ing be­gan in De­cem­ber be­tween sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and his for­mer deputy, Riek Machar.

More than one mil­lion people have fled their homes in the con­flict, some to neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

The UN said: “The mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil con­demned in the strong­est terms these acts and un­der­scored that at­tacks on civil­ians and UN peace­keep­ers may con­sti­tute a war crime.”

It added: “The mem­bers of the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil called on the govern­ment of South Sudan to im­me­di­ately take steps to en­sure the safety of all civil­ians and UNMISS Pro­tec­tion of Civil­ian sites in South Sudan, to swiftly in­ves­ti­gate these in­ci­dents, and to bring the per­pe­tra­tors of these egre­gious acts to jus­tice.”

Some 100 people were also wounded in the at­tack and the death toll may rise, the UN said.

The se­nior UN of­fi­cial in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, praised the ac­tions of the peace­keep­ers from In­dia, Nepal and South Korea.

He told the BBC: “It is the brav­ery of the peace­keep­ers that man­aged to re­pel the at­tack. Un­for­tu­nately we have had sig­nif­i­cant loss of life.”

Al­most 5,000 civil­ians are shel­ter­ing at the base in Bor.

South Sudan se­ceded from Sudan in 2011 af­ter a long and bloody con­flict to be­come the world’s new­est state.

South Korean peace­keep­ers were among those who acted to pro­tect the base.

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