News The African Way

S. Sudan Army Suffocated 50 Civilians In Container: Report

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

LEER – South Sudan’s government troops killed about 50 civilians by placing them in a shipping container in Leer county and applying heat to the metallic device in October last year, a report revealed.

The incident, according to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which oversees the country’s ceasefire, occurred in Unity state.

“About 50 people suffocated in a container on about 22 October. The investigation was protracted. Attribution of responsibility: Government Forces,” said JMEC’s report.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and over two million displaced since violence broke out in the world’s youngest nation following political wrangles in South Sudan’s ruling party (SPLM) in December 2013.

The JMEC report also accused both government troops and rebel forces of rape, murder and looting, allegations both parties have repeatedly denied.

ARMED OPPOSITION RESPONDS

James Yoach, a spokesperson for the armed opposition in Leer County welcomed the JMEC report, which he said confirm earlier claims that pro-government forces were commit crimes against civilians in the country.

He, however, claimed the number of those killed in the incident could be higher than what was officially disclosed in the JMEC’s latest report.

“We know these people were in hundreds of numbers,” he said by phone from Leer county.

In October, he added, 50 girls and women were abducted by government and 100 men were rounded up and taken to Leer town from nearby villages when militias allied to government attacked civilian hideouts.

 

SOURCE: Sudan Tribune

See also  Anger over Mogadishu bomb attack boils over into streets

Get real time updates directly on you device, subscribe now.

Leave A Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More

Privacy & Cookies Policy
SAcoronavirus.co.za

For more information on COVID-19 and government regulation: Click here

Emergency Hotline: 0800 029 999 WhatsApp Support Line: 0600-123456