Dozens of troops dead in S Sudan

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In this handout image provided by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, taken on December 17, 2013, a United Nation soldier stands guard as civilians arrive at the UNMISS compound adjacent to Juba International Airport to take refuge. Picture: UNMISS/Rolla Hinedi

 

Juba - At least 66 soldiers have been killed in battles raging for the past two days in the South Sudanese capital, a military hospital doctor said on Tuesday.

“So far we have lost seven soldiers who died while they were waiting for medical attention and a further 59 who were killed outside,” doctor Ajak Bullen said on Miraya FM radio, adding the men would be given a mass burial.

Another medical establishment, Juba Teaching Hospital, had earlier reported 26 dead, a mixture of civilians and military.

It was not clear whether there was any overlap between the figures.

South Sudan's hospitals, for a variety of logistical and cultural reasons, suffer from a shortage of blood, meaning that many patients in need of a transfusion die.

Military spokesman Philip Aguer declined to comment on the casualty figures, telling AFP only: “The soldiers are controlling the situation.”

Sapa-AFP


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