UN chief strongly condemns attack on UN base in South Sudan

UN chief strongly condemns attack on UN base in South Sudan
# 18 April 2014 03:17 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday strongly condemned an attack on a UN base in South Sudan, where civilians are being protected by the UN mission in the country, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

A statement issued by Ban's spokesperson said the attack on civilians and peacekeepers in the UNMISS (United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan) Protection of Civilians site in Bor, capital of Jonglei State, is "a serious escalation."

"The Secretary-General reminds all parties that any attack on United Nations Peacekeepers is unacceptable and constitutes a war crime," it said.

The UN chief urged the government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all UNMISS Protection of Civilians sites in the country, and called on all parties to refrain from any actions or statements that could further escalate the situation.

He also expressed his condolences to the bereaved families and pledges all possible support to those wounded in this attack.

According to reports, the attack took place earlier Thursday, targeting members of an ethnic minority sheltering inside. At least 12 people were said to have been killed in the attack.

Identities of the killed were not released.

UNMISS figures show that since the hostilities that erupted between the government and opposition forces last December, an average of 75,000 civilians have found refuge from violence in UN bases across the world's youngest country.

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