UN says base in South Sudan attacked, lives reported lost

December 19, 2013 19:50

UNITED NATIONS - A UN peacekeeping base in South Sudan's Jonglei State was attacked on Thursday and the United Nations has received reports that some people have been killed, Deputy UN Secretary-General Jan Eliasson said.

"Our base in Akobo, Jonglei State, was attacked and we have reports that lives are lost. We don't have the details of that yet," Eliasson told reporters.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq also spoke about the Akobo attack.

"The situation in Jonglei has deteriorated," he said. "In Akobo, earlier today, where civilians have gathered, including 32 as of last night, Lou Nuer youth have reportedly forced an entry into the UNMISS Temporary Operating Base to reach to those civilians."

"The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) will try to extract unarmed UN personnel from Akobo while reinforcing the base in Akobo with additional 60 troops from Malakal tomorrow," Haq added.

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