South Sudan: UN mission reports five people injured in shooting at Juba marketplace

Peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMISS) man a guard post overlooking a POC (Protection of Civilians) site in Juba.© UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

Peacekeepers of the UN Mission in Sudan (UNMISS) man a guard post overlooking a POC (Protection of Civilians) site in Juba.© UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

South Sudan, 22 June 2015 – The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today reported that five internally displaced persons (IDPs) – four women and one man – were shot during an incident early Saturday evening.

That shooting took place at a market area adjacent to the site where the UN provided civilians protection in Juba, the capital.

Seriously wounded, four of the victims were taken to a clinic inside the UN site for medical treatment.

“Another two displaced people were injured as they fled the scene of the shooting. UNMISS is investigating the incident,” stressed the UN Spokesperson during a press briefing today.

Meanwhile, for the 6th consecutive day, UN aircrafts have been denied permission to land at the Mission’s county support base in the Upper Nile State town of Nassir by armed opposition forces.

The amount of supplies for the UNMISS personnel stationed at the Nassir base is reaching critically low levels as a result of the inability to operate flights into Nassir, warned the Spokesperson.

Since the beginning of the year, some 60,000 civilians have fled the country, mostly to Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda bringing the total number of people who fled since the start of the conflict December 2013 to 555,000. Some 1.5 million are internally displaced and more than 3.8 million – a third of the country’s population of 11 million – do not have sufficient food.