S/Sudan Pres­i­dent sacks army chief

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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.

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