Fighting in South Sudan displaced people’s camp kills 13 – U.N.

Intercommunal fighting in a camp housing displaced people in the northern part of South Sudan has killed 13 people, the U.N. mission running the camp said on Friday.

The clashes between two ethnic communities living in the camp in Upper Nile State’s capital Malkal first erupted on Thursday when a man was stabbed to death.

“Initial reports to the mission indicated that at least three persons have been killed and more than 20 injured with some of them receiving treatment at the mission’s hospital,” the spokesperson for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Ben Malor, said in a statement.

“Later in the day 10 more people were confirmed dead in other facilities.”

The camp hosts at least 50,000 people. Its number has been fluctuating since the first group of people came there at the start of a civil war in 2013.

The numbers increased when about 3,000 people fleeing fighting in neighbouring Sudan also came to the camp in recent weeks, Luke Saadala, Upper Nile’s Information Minister said.

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