UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations has received reports from
local sources in South Sudan that between 400 and 500 people have been killed
and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence in Africa's youngest country, UN
Security Council diplomats said on Tuesday.
"Two hospitals have recorded
between 400 and 500 dead and (up to) 800 wounded," a diplomat said on condition
of anonymity, citing an estimate United Nations peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous
gave during a closed-door briefing for the 15-member body.
Tuesday, a South Sudanese health ministry official told Reuters that at least 26
people were dead after rival groups of soldiers started fighting in Juba on
Sunday night and into Monday morning. Gunfire and blasts continued sporadically
up to Tuesday evening.