South Sudan: UN strongly condemns attack against mission compound in Bentiu

28 April 2016

The United Nations has strongly condemned an attack that took place on 25 April against the compound of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Bentiu, where a rocket-propelled grenade landed inside the perimeter of the compound and partly damaged one of the containers located in the humanitarian hub.

Initial investigations indicate that the projectile, along with earlier small arms fire, was directly targeted at the UNMISS compound, the Mission said.

The location of the UNMISS compound is well known and there were no known armed forces in the vicinity of the base at the time of the attack.

“The UN takes this opportunity to remind all South Sudanese actors of the sanctity of UN staff, equipment and installations, including the Protection of Civilians sites and their residents,” UNMISS said.

Earlier this week, UN Under-Secret

ary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Hervé Ladsous, in a briefing to the Security Council, noted that the Government of South Sudan continued to impose restrictions on the movement UNMISS and humanitarian workers, stressing the need for unimpeded movement by the Mission and humanitarian partners in order to address the worsening humanitarian and human rights situation in the country.


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