500 Feared Dead in South Sudan Fighting

Four days after fighting broke out in the South Sudan capital, Juba, residents are beginning to venture out after several hours of quiet.

UNMISS reports that it received more than 20, 000 civilians seeking protection after fighting broke out in Juba, South Sudan.
UNMISS reports that it received more than 20, 000 civilians seeking protection after fighting broke out in Juba, South Sudan.

Several sources resident in the sprawling city have confirmed to Red Pepper online that they have been able to go out and seek food and water supplies.

Fighting first broke out on Sunday evening at about 7:30pm. The fighting broke out after a fractious meeting between the leaders of the country’s ruling party Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

BBC, quoting a United Nations diplomat, estimates the casualties to be between 400-500 people.

President Salva Kiir went ahead to accuse his sacked former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar of being behind the fighting. He accused his former Vice President and fellow General in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) of attempting to lead a coup against the government.

But in a Sudan Tribune interview, Dr. Machar denies being part of an attempted coup.

1 thought on “500 Feared Dead in South Sudan Fighting

  1. I think those who encouraged these substances to rebel and eventually secede from Sudan, made a grievous mistake and that is going to ignite a terrible situation no matter what, not only where they’re but way down here in Uganda. These are some sort of human forms who in their vocabularies never heard of anything like “step back for a moment, or wait, why don’t we talk this over”. Somehow it may be true that they were being segregated and the oil from their area was being made to benefit the central Arabic government, but before they picked up guns to rebel they were living but look at those 500 or who knows whether we shall hear that the death toll is about 2000, were they stealing oil?? are they going to have their oil share in their grave yards?? and who is tormenting them now? Need I remind anybody about Gipir and Labongo, brothers who quarreled over a spear and a bead, somehow about ten thousand years back, leading them to separation and subsequent bitterness between the two groups to this day?? The outlook of this project is catastrophic, and it is very unfortunate that we shall soon find our country being overrun by this nonsense!!

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