Civilians injured in clash inside UN base in South Sudan

idp-camp.jpg?w=830IDP shelters in South Sudan. ©EU/ECHO/ Ludovico Gammarelli.

January 14, 2014[UN] — The UN mission in South Sudan was treating dozens of wounded civilians after bullets landed inside its base where civilians had taken shelter on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said, dpa reported.

“Stray bullets are reported to have landed inside the UN base, wounding internally displaced people, who had sought shelter there,” Martin Nesirky told reporters in New York.

Heavy fighting erupted between pro and anti government forces in the vicinity of a UN compound in town of Malakal early Tuesday morning, Nesirky said. The combatants were apparently using “heavy machine guns and tanks” during the ongoing firefight.

The violence forced thousands of people to rush to Malakal UN base, where nearly 1,000 UN peacekeeping forces are currently protecting 20,000 civilians, he said. More than 65,000 civilians have taken refuge at UN bases across the country.

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