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UN Considers Deadly Attack on South Sudan Base a ‘War Crime’

un south sudanThe United Nations Security Council said the attack that killed at least 58 people on a U.N. base in South Sudan where thousands of civilians were sheltering may constitute a war crime.

Expressing its “outrage” over the attack on Friday, the world body demanded the South Sudan government do more to prevent future attacks against civilians.

“The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms these acts and underscored that attacks on civilians and U.N. peacekeepers may constitute a war crime,” said a statement that was adopted unanimously by all Security Council members.

It added: “The members of the Security Council called on the government of South Sudan to immediately take steps to ensure the safety of all civilians and UNMISS Protection of Civilian sites in South Sudan, to swiftly investigate these incidents, and to bring the perpetrators of these egregious acts to justice.”

Earlier in the day, the U.N. confirmed that at least 58 people were killed and more than 100 others wounded in the attack. Among the dead were children. The U.N. has warned that the death toll could increase.


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