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Three support employees killed in assaults South Sudan – UN

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Three support employees and 11 civilians had been killed in early January in assaults by gunmen in South Sudan, the UN Workplace for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and native authorities stated Wednesday.

“Within the first days of the yr, three South Sudanese support employees who had been serving to others paid the best value with their lives,” stated Peter Van der Auweraert, OCHA’s head of mission within the African nation.

Two of them had been victims of an assault by armed males, which left others lifeless, on January 2 in a village within the oil-rich Abyei administrative space, the UN company stated.

A complete of 14 folks, together with girls and kids, died within the assault, which was attributed to youths from neighbouring Twic county, Abyei spokesman Ajak Deng advised AFP.

The disputed area, which is beneath UN safety, has been on the border between Sudan and South Sudan for the reason that latter declared independence in 2011.

The dying of the third support employee occurred the identical week whereas monitoring humanitarian provides within the east-central state of Jonglei.

These three deaths are along with the 9 killed final yr and 5 in 2021.

OCHA has urged the authorities to strengthen the safety of its workers on this oil-rich nation, which is among the many poorest on the planet.

Since independence in 2011, South Sudan has been affected by crises, together with a five-year civil battle between President Salva Kiir’s loyalists and Vice President Riek Machar’s forces, with an estimated 400,000 deaths.

A peace settlement was signed in 2018, battered since then by sporadic bouts of violence between authorities forces and the opposition, alongside inter-ethnic conflicts.