14 Dead, 148 Hospitalised As Gunfire Rocks Malakal
The International Medical Corps (IMC) operating in South Sudan has reported treating 148 bullet victims while 14 couldn’t be saved after getting caught up in a crossfire as SPLA clashed with rebels in Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile States.
The renewed fighting, according to IMC, has made it difficult to deliver health and nutrition services to the refugees fleeing the violence. International Medical Corps’ team of humanitarian first responders on the ground in Malakal have called upon all sides in the fighting to cease hostilities so they can continue to deliver essential humanitarian assistance to nearly 30,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) at the UN base in the town. As reported by international media and the South Sudanese government, the cease-fire negotiated by both parties last month in Ethiopia has been broken. The continued fighting in Malakal has forced numbers seeking refuge at the UN base to around 30,000 IDPs. International Medical Corps is providing health and nutritional services to these vulnerable communities. Today, International Medical Corps medical personnel treated more than 100 people hurt in fighting. Julia Albert-Recht, Programme Manager for International Medical Corps in Malakal says, “The renewed fighting is having a devastating knock-on effect for civilians in Malakal. Even inside the UN camp we have seen tensions begin to rise and we have seen fights break out between groups within the IDP camps.