Tuesday December 12, 2017

Skirmishes between rival Juba factions in Malakal forced 4,600 to UNMISS – UN


Upper Nile – UN peacekeepers and civilians protectorates in Malakal have disclosed that more than 4,600 IDPs have arrived at UNMISS to seek protection in the last 48 hours with more anticipated to arrive later.
The new arrivals were displaced by recent fighting between the forces loyal to Johnson Oliny ( a renegade militia fighting on the side of Juba faction) and Dinka youths backed by SPLA-Juba soldiers. Oliny’s deputy, a Shilluk was ambushed and killed along with his 14 bodyguards by Dinka soldiers in what sparked a bloody confrontation between the two loyal forces. Since Saturday, there has been sporadic shooting between the two groups.
According to a UN spokesman, as many as 10,000 civilians comprised of Shilluk and Dinka have moved from Melut to Fashoda and at least 70% of whom will arrive in Malakal protection side in the next 48 hours. Malakal UNMISS already shelters more than 22,000 IDPs.



Philip Gual

An Upper Nile State correspondent for The Upper Nile Times. He currently resides in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

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