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UN peace keepers kill two civilians in Bentiu PoCs

By: Peter Gatkuoth

At least two Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been killed by the United Nations peace keepers in Bentiu protection of civilians’ site.

The incident took place last Friday evening according to the eyewitness.

Speaking to Juba Monitor on phone from Bentiu PoC site, the person who sought for anonymity said the incident took place after an outsider went into the camp and sat on the chair at the UN Police gate.

“The person was told to get up of the chair meant for the police guards but defied the order.”

The sources said when his colleagues who live in the PoC site heard about it, he came to his rescue and he allegedly had a quarrel with the UN police officer at the gate.

“The UN police officer at the post immediately hit him on the throat by the back of the gun,” he said.

The attempt to save his life at MSF hospital did not work as the person passed on shortly at around 8pm,” the sources said.

According to the sources on ground, the following day the United Nations representatives went to the deceased family to comfort them.

The person said the killing provoked the people living in the PoC. “A group of youth came and burnt down one vehicle of UN representatives while they were for a meeting with the parents of the deceased. As they were matching to UN mission police compound, the police open fire on the protesters killing one person at spot and injuring three others.”

However, calm has returned to Bentiu PoCs following a call from the community leaders urging the youth to restrain from violence.

The IDPs have been sheltering at the Bentiu PoCs since December 2013 and there are currently 100,441 IDPs seeking protection in the site.

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