UNMISS to deploy forces in Central Equatoria

By Nema Juma

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan [UNMISS] has vowed to deploy forces in Central Equatoria region after raising a concern over several attacks on civilians and ambushes in the region.

In the document extended to Juba Monitor, the special representative of the secretary General and head of UNMISS in South Sudan, David Shearer said that a temporary peace keeping base has been established in Lobonok to help deter violence after a surge in the armed attacks on civilians and humanitarian convoy.  

This came after an attack on the Vice President Dr. James Wani Igga’s convoy in Lobonok and several attacks on the civilians in different parts in the region.

He reported that on Tuesday two civilians were killed and four others were injured when a vehicle was ambushed by the heavily armed men reported to belong to the NAS on the road of Yei and Lasu.

“We are deeply disturbed by the increased violent assaults on civilians and as well as humanitarians who are working hard to ensure that communities receive the assistance and care they need,” he said.

To help prevent further violence, we have deployed troops to Lobonok this morning to set up temporary operating base, this will enable us provide a protective presence in the area, we are also engaging with all parties including government which has primary responsibility for protecting all civilians,” he said 

Last month, at least six bodyguards of the Vice President for Economic Cluster Dr. James Wani Igga were killed leaving others wounded after they reportedly fell in an ambush in Lobonok where the NAS claimed to be acting in self Defense, saying that the bodyguards of the Vice President were spying on them.

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