Fresh tribal violent clashes killed 80 people in South Sudan
UN deploys troops to South Sudan as communal clashes kill 80 people and the UN special envoy urges communities to end violence.
David Shearer, the special representative of the secretary-general and head of UN mission in South Sudan, said in statement 75 Nepali peacekeepers will patrol the northern Lakes region in the coming weeks to provide a "protective presence."
The move came after the recent communal clashes left 79 people dead and 101 others injured in the region.
"We are urging the communities involved and their leaders to put an end to the violence and to come together in reconciliation and peace for the good of their people,” he stressed.
The statement noted that the UN mission also deploying heavy equipment, including vehicles, to enable the peacekeepers to travel more easily between the remote communities.
While political violence has largely subsided in South Sudan since the signing of the revitalized peace agreement in September 2018, inter-communal clashes continue to result in the killing and injuring of civilians, cattle raiding and the looting of property.205