Kiir govt blocking peacekeepers from site of Yei road ambush
JUBA (13 Oct.)

South Sudan’s government is blocking the U.N. from visiting the site
of a deadly road ambush, according to the U.N. mission.

It is the latest obstruction of U.N. peacekeepers in South Sudan,
which has repeatedly been promised full access across the country by
the government.

“UNMISS has attempted to launch a number of patrols to the scene of
the incident, and have been stopped on each occasion,” an UNMISS
spokesperson said. “The Mission is yet to be granted access to these
areas to place us in a position to independently verify the reports on
the ground,”

The mission called for an end to attacks on unarmed civilians, saying
they could be war crimes. The statements come as there has been
inconsistency over the casualty estimate presented by different
spokespeople of the government.

Ateny Wek Ateny, a spokesperson for President Kiir claims that 127
died in the attacks, but Minister of Information Michael Makuei
claimed it was 21 on Wednesday. A spokesperson for the SPLA said 31
people died. At least 20 died in the attack according to the U.N.
mission, who added that five more died after the SPLA responded.

Sources in the SPLA say that at least 37 people were wounded or died
in the attack. Around 70 people were on the bus that was attacked by
anywhere from ten to thirty men with RPG’s, AK47’s and potentially
other weapons.

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