South Sudan: More than 300 killed in communal violence, including aid workers

The authorities in South Sudan has confirmed the death of at least 300 people in the latest wave of inter-communal fighting in Jonglei state, east of the country.

The communal violence broke out on May 16 between the Murle and Lou Nuer communities. A local elder has confirmed that the Murle youths burned down many villages in Uror county before being revolted back.

The communal violence has left many more injured and of those killed were three aid workers, including one from Médecins Sans Frontières is also included. Many of the injured have been airlifted to the capital, Juba, for treatment.

The UN Mission in South Sudan has deployed peacekeepers to the area which remains tense. A treaty aimed at ending the country’s six-year civil war was signed in February, but inter-communal violence has erupted a number of times since.

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