Written by News 1st
25 Dec, 2013 | 1:14 pm
Thousands of people must have been killed in the past week of violence in South Sudan, the top UN humanitarian co-ordinator there has told the BBC.
Toby Lanzer, who is in Bentiu in northern Unity state, said it had been “a devastating week for South Sudan”.
The UN Security Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to almost double the number of peacekeepers to 12,500.
Earlier President Salva Kiir said his forces had recaptured the key town of Bor days after it was seized by rebels.
The rebels are led by Riek Machar, of the ethnic Nuer, who has been battling President Kiir, of the Dinka.The UN also said on Tuesday that it had reports of at least three mass graves. ne was in Bentiu in the north, and two in the capital, Juba.
In a Christmas message, Kiir said “innocent people have been wantonly killed”, adding: “There are now people who are targeting others because of their tribal affiliation. It will only lead to one thing and that is to turn this new nation into chaos.”
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