South Sudan: Inter-communal fighting in Gok state leaves over 50 people killed

A cattleman herds his animals (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

A cattleman herds his animals (File/Supplied/Nyamilepedia)

January 20th 2020 (Nyamilepedia) – More than fifty people have been killed and over 100 wounded as local tribesmen fight themselves in South Sudan’s Gok state, local authorities said on Monday.

A Gok state official told Nyamilepedia from Cueibet this morning that police and members of South Sudan’s army have been sent to prevent further escalation of the fighting saying some of the wounded have been evacuated to Rumbek.

“Police and members of the army have been sent to the scene to de-escalate the confrontation,” he said. “Some of the wounded have been sent to Rumbek for treatment.”

Gok state is one of the current states which made up the defunct Lakes state. Cross-border cattle rustling and internal communal fighting have been alarming in recent months.

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