Friday, 27 January 2017

UN reports shelling in S/Sudan

The UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has reported an ongoing heavy bombardment in the war-ravaged country.

The Mission reported that intermittent shelling could be heard on Friday afternoon in Malakal in Upper Nile from the Ditang area towards the north of the town and close to the UN base.

“This follows reports of heavy fighting on Wednesday between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in Ditang, Lelo, Artakong and B

“Yesterday, the UN Mission reported that Malakal town was deserted, with SPLA soldiers in the area reportedly on high alert.”

The Mission reiterated its calls on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and fully implement the peace agreement.

 South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation, has been plunged into a protracted civil war following political disagreements between President Salva Kiir and estranged Vice President Riek Machar.