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More than 60 people killed in South Sudan clashes

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More than 60 people killed in South Sudan clashes

Civilians seeking protection, arrive in the UN House compound on the southwestern outskirts of Juba. AFP PHOTO. 

By Machel Amos & Agencies

Posted  Wednesday, December 18  2013 at  00:00

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The UN mission officials say more than 10,000 civilians, fleeing the violence have sought refugee at two UN bases.

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Juba - At least 66 people, including two Ugandans, have been killed in the ongoing fighting that followed an attempted coup in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, medical and military officials said on Tuesday, as random shooting persisted.

A second Ugandan national was yesterday shot dead in Juba. The dead has been identified only as Aloro, a driver from Koboko District, who has been working with Civicon Construction Company in Juba. The Ugandan killed on Sunday night when a coup was reportedly attempted in Juba, is yet to be identified.

An employee of Civicon, who preferred anonymity, told Uganda Radio Network that Aloro was in his house when a stray bullet hit him on the head on Tuesday afternoon. The source says the fighting is still ongoing in various parts of the city, including Gudere, Munuk and Jebel.

Among the deceased are reportedly mostly soldiers, according to senior officials at the military hospital in Gieda.

It is unclear whether those who died were fighting for or against the government.

Shortage of blood, drugs
The undersecretary in the South Sudan ministry of health, Mr Matur Makur Koriom, said 26 people had been confirmed dead and 140 others injured at Juba Teaching Hospital following the fighting that broke out on Sunday night.

Electricity was restored at Juba Teaching Hospital yesterday and the facility converted into an emergency unit, Radio Miraya reported.

Doctors there treated more than 100 people for gunshot wounds and warned that they faced a shortage of blood. Some of the doctors gave their own blood to save lives but said supplies would run out on Tuesday night if not replenished.

“The situation at the hospital is critically bad,” a source that declined to be named because of the presence of security personnel, told Radio Tamazuj in Juba.

He said the hospital had run out of supplies including syringes, gauze, bandages, and medicines although the operating theatre was full of patients awaiting surgery.

“The situation is terrible. Everybody is wounded in the head, in the chest,” the radio quoted the source as saying. “There are few doctors and nurses on duty owing to the fear of movement and the curfew imposed from 6 pm. The mortuary is full. Sometimes people carry their relatives out, but it is full. All the wards are full.”

The hospital, which is the largest in the city, has no blood bank but family members are able to donate blood to their relatives directly if there is electricity to operate the laboratory.

Sustained gunfire was still heard around the J1 presidential complex in what security officials said was a crackdown on the coup attempt remnants.

Fresh gunfire erupted on Tuesday near the presidential palace and many other areas of Juba.

The UN mission officials said more than 10,000 civilians, fleeing the violence had sought refugee at two UN bases.

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