U.N. Confirms Attack On Jonglei Base, 2 Peacekeepers Killed

Civilians seeking refuge in the UNMISS compound in Bor, capital of Jonglei state, to flee violence.[UNMISS/Hailemichael Gebrekrstos]

“We can confirm that two UNMISS Indian Battalion troops were killed in action. UNMISS can also confirm that one injured Indian soldier has been transported to the Mission’s medical facility in Malakal,” said the statement.

The UNMISS has condemned in the strongest terms the violence that occurred in Akobo and continues in other parts of the country.

“We call on all parties to the crisis to refrain from further violence and seek a peaceful resolution to the crisis,” the statement said.

Hundreds of people have been killed in the capital, Juba, alone since clashes between rival factions of the Sudan Sudanese army erupted on Sunday.

The African Union (AU) has welcomed a transmission of a ministerial delegation to in South Sudan’s Juba, commending the Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, in his capacity as the Chair of the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and Chair of the Union, the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma who continues to closely follow evolution of situation in South Sudan.

The ministerial delegation comprises of Ministers and high level officials from Ethiopia, Djibouti, Kenya, Somali, Sudan and Uganda, as well as the AU Commissioner for Peace and Security.

“It is to be recalled that, at its 409th meeting held, on Wednesday 18 December 2013, the Peace and Security Council of the AU, encouraged regional and international efforts to help diffuse the current tension and to support the South Sudanese parties to find a peaceful political settlement to the crisis,” states the statement from AU.

More than 15,000 people have sought shelter at two UN and one World Food Programme compounds in Juba.

South Sudan became independent in 2011 after a two-decade civil war with Sudan in which more than two million people died.

President Barack Obama on Thursday urged clashing factions in South Sudan to end violence, restore calm, and work toward reconciliation, saying the conflict there threatens to derail progress the country has made since gaining independence.

“Inflammatory rhetoric and targeted violence must cease,” Obama said in a statement. “All sides must listen to the wise counsel of their neighbours, commit to dialogue and take immediate steps to urge calm and support reconciliation.”

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