United Nations investigators said they’re probing human-rights violations including extra-judicial and mass killings, sexual violence and incidents of torture during the conflict in South Sudan that began two months ago.
South Sudan is trying to evacuate foreign oil workers from its Upper Nile region after fighting erupted between the army and rebel fighters in the state capital three days ago, a government official said.
South Sudanese rebels and government forces fought for control of the capital of oil-rich Upper Nile state, the only region in the world’s newest nation that’s still producing crude two months after violence erupted.
South Sudan’s cease-fire is largely holding while there have been clashes between government and rebel forces since the accord was signed a week ago, said the chief East African mediator, Seyoum Mesfin.
With ethnic-based killing spreading throughout the country, South Sudan is in danger of exchanging its current distinction as the world’s newest nation for a distinction far less welcome: home to the world’s newest civil war.
Rebel forces loyal to deposed South Sudanese Vice President Riek Machar said they captured crude- producing Unity state as the government evacuated some oil workers and plans a partial shutdown of facilities.
South Sudan’s government and rebel forces accused each other of violating a cease-fire that was supposed to suspend a five-week conflict that has killed thousands of people and driven half a million from their homes.