Monday, November 10, 2014

Kiir’s forces seize equipment of Ethiopian peacekeepers

South Sudanese security personnel loyal to SPLA-Juba commander Salva Kiir have impounded four trucks carrying armored vehicles and equipment for Ethiopian peacekeepers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

The UN spokesperson in New York Stephane Dujarric said on Friday that the security personnel also assaulted the drivers, accusing them of transporting weapons to the rival SPLA-IO faction.

“As of this morning, the (UN) mission is still trying to obtain the release of all trucks and their cargo. It calls on the government to immediately release the trucks along with the consignment of vehicles and equipment,” said Dujarric.

Dujarric said SPLA-Juba troops loyal to Salva Kiir also stopped UNMISS from visiting a site in Raja County in Western Bahr el-Ghazal state that had allegedly been bombed by Sudanese troops this month.

The troops also prevented the UN mission from visiting a local hospital where alleged bombing victims were being treated.