South Sudan: Gov’t Clash with Armed Youths Reportedly supported by Riek Machar, 45 Dead

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Over 45 people have been reported dead and dozens injured in South Sudan when armed youths reportedly supported opposition leader Riek Machar clashed with government forces in Unity state.

The incident in Rubkuai area occurred over the weekend.

It remains unclear why youth from neighboring Koch attacked government positions, with others claiming the attackers supported former First Vice President Riek Machar.

An aid worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said youth who attacked government controlled areas came from neighbouring Koch county which is under the administration of Northern Liech state.

He said the numbers of the dead could rise from among those were critically injured.

Due to the deadly fighting in the area, mass displacement of residents is ongoing and there is fear of humanitarian gaps, as most aid workers were evacuated from the scene of the conflict, the official told Sudan Tribune by phone on Sunday.

Some humanitarian workers were reportedly injured in the oil-rich Unity state attack.

Source: Sudan Tribune