South Sudan Shootings at UN Camp Kill 18, Injure Dozens

  • At least 36 wounded in clashes in northern camp, charity says
  • Violence may have displaced 26,000 people, according to UN

At least 18 people in South Sudan died in armed clashes at a United Nations camp for displaced civilians in the country’s northeast, including two Medecins Sans Frontieres staff, the medical charity said.

MSF has treated 36 wounded at its hospital at the site in Malakal, Upper Nile state, many with gunshot wounds, the Geneva-based group said late Thursday in a statement. The two staff were attacked in their homes, while the violence spurred 600 people to seek shelter at MSF’s facility, it said.

The UN Refugee Agency fears that as many as 26,000 people may have been displaced by the clashes that erupted between Dinka and Shilluk communities, spokesman Andreas Needham said Friday in Geneva. Staff on the ground reported looting of properties and burning of houses, he said. Malakal, which has seen heavy fighting since South Sudan’s civil war began in December 2013, is about 520 kilometers (323 miles) north of the capital, Juba.

Oil-producing South Sudan’s 26-month civil war has left tens of thousands of people dead and forced more than 2 million to flee their homes. The UN mission hosts 198,440 internally displaced civilians at six bases in the country, 47,791 of them in Malakal, according to its website.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern at growing tensions between Dinka and Shilluk communities that he said caused the incident.

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