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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Hundreds massacred in South Sudan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:29

(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT) Rebel troops overrun the city of Bentiu in South Sudan, killing hundreds of civilians. Nathan Frandino reports.

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WARNING: THIS EDIT CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Decomposing bodies lie in South Sudan. A massacre of men, women and children. United Nations officials say rebel troops have slaughtered hundreds of civilians in the oil city of Bentiu. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Toby Lanzer, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary General, Saying: "During the past few days, Bentiu was the scene of severe violence, very targeted deliberate violence that struck individuals of certain identities. And I think that what I have so far seen in the Mosque and other parts of town is really been very very heart wrenching, certainly atrocities have been committed here on very significant scale." More than a million people have fled their homes since fighting erupted in December. The conflict pits troops backing President Salva Kiir against soldiers loyal to his sacked vice president Riek Machar. The UN peacekeeping mission there said its human rights investigators confirmed that rebels based the killings on civilians' ethnicity or nationality. (SOUNDBITE) (English) Joseph Contreras, Spokesperson UNMISS: "The UN Mission in South Sudan strongly condemns the killing of civilians in Bentiu Unity state last week. Those killing were done on the bases of ethnic affiliation and nationalities. The UN mission in South Sudan also strongly condemns the use of Bentiu 99 FM radio station to broadcast hate massages directed at certain ethnic groups." The UN said it was protecting more than 12,000 civilians in Bentiu and tens of thousands more around the country.

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(GRAPHIC IMAGES) Hundreds massacred in South Sudan

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 01:29