JUBA - At least 58 people were killed in clashes between tribes over cattle in South Sudan, a United Nations spokesman in Juba said on Saturday, a further sign of instability weeks after the region gained independence.
The UN spokesman said violence between the Murle and Lou Nuer tribes broke out on Thursday.
"There were around 28 casualties at one location and 30 at another site. We also witnessed a number of burnt Tukuls (huts)," he told Reuters by telephone. "There were several other locations that the UN has not been able to get to. We are relieved that calm appears to be prevailing."
From the beginning of the year up to the end of June, 2,368 people have been killed in 330 violent incidents across the South, according to UN data released in July.