S/Sudan President sacks army chief
information” regarding a massacre of hundreds of civilians in the town.
South Sudan Minister of Information Michael Lueth was wrong to tell reporters that residents seeking protection had been barred from entering a UN base, the UN mission said in a statement.
After rebel forces captured Bentiu on 15 and 16 April, they targeted hundreds of people who had taken refuge inside a mosque, a church and a hospital, and killed them because of their ethnicity, the UN Mission in South Sudan (Unmiss) said.
“At no point did the mission ever turn away any civilians who came to its camp to seek protection and instead opened its gates to all unarmed civilians,” it added.
Correspondents say last week’s killings are among the most shocking since the conflict began.
The rebels say the retreating government forces were responsible.
While no official reason was given for the removal of Gen James Hoth Mai, analysts say the military has suffered several setbacks in the north of the country in recent days.
Gen Paul Malong was named as the new general head of staff.
No official reason was given for the removal of Gen James Hoth Mai.