U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: diplomats




 
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U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: diplomats
 
December 18th, 2013  
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U.N. told up to 500 killed in South Sudan clashes: diplomats
By Andrew Green and Louis Charbonneau JUBA/UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup". "Two hospitals have recorded between 400 and 500 dead and (up to) 800 wounded," a diplomat in New York 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. The Juba government said it had arrested 10 major political figures and was hunting for its former vice president, accusing him of leading a failed coup in the oil-producing country's capital, where gunfire rang out for a second day. The United States urged its citizens to leave the country immediately, and said it was suspending normal operations at its embassy.




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