Civilians airlifted after South Sudan clashes
From RAJI BASHIR in Khartoum , Sudan
KHARTOUM, (CAJ News) – SCORES of civilians have been killed and hundreds fled their homes in search of safety after renewed fighting in the South Sudanese town of Raja.
The upheavals have seen large-scale looting with three vehicles belonging to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), the international humanitarian organisation, stolen.
“The fighting has had a severe impact on civilians in and around Raja,” said Juerg Eglin, the head of delegation for the ICRC in South Sudan.
“We urge all sides to remember that civilians must be spared from the fighting and access to health care be granted.”
The ICRC has sent two airplanes and medical teams to Raja to evacuate the most severely wounded.
The patients have been flown to Wau and Juba where they will be cared for by ICRC surgical teams.
South Sudan, Africa’s newest country has been beset by strife since independence from Sudan in 2011.
Sudanese rebels of Justice and Equality Movement, backed by government forces in Western Bahr el Ghazal region, have often clashed with armed men allegedly allied to the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement.
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