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Juba protests against UN over arms cache

Hild John_73490522_73490517Demonstrators demanded the resignation of UN South Sudan envoy Hilda Johnson

March 10, 2014 (BBC) — More than 1,000 people have protested in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, accusing the UN of arming rebels.

On Friday, the government said its troops had intercepted weapons in a UN convoy marked as carrying food.

The UN denied the arms were destined for rebels, but acknowledged it made a mistake transporting them by road.

The UN has about 8,000 peacekeepers in South Sudan, the world’s newest state where conflict broke out in December between government and rebel forces.

In January, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir accused the UN of running a “parallel government” in his country – a charge it denied.

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