70 killed, 11 injured in South Sudan violence

At least 72 people have been killed and 11 wounded in a series of intercommunal conflicts in South Sudan’s Leer County of Upper Nile State, according to the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

In a press release seen by The EastAfrican on Monday, UNMISS said it also recorded 64 cases of sexual violence.

“UNMISS strongly condemns the widespread sexual violence, killings, including beheadings, burning alive of civilians, and attacks on humanitarians in Leer County.

“These are among the human rights violations documented during a surge in violence carried out by armed youth from Koch and Mayendit counties,” the mission said.

Two survivors said they were repeatedly gang-raped after they came out of hiding to find food for their children.

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