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UN mission in South Sudan criticised over July attacks

Published:Wednesday | November 2, 2016 | 11:00 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AP):

An independent investigation of attacks in South Sudan in July on a UN compound housing 27,000 displaced people is sharply critical of the UN peacekeeping mission's leadership and the response by troops from China, Ethiopia, Nepal and India.

The investigators' report, released yesterday, also criticises the UN mission and its peacekeepers for failing to respond to an attack on the Terrain Camp, a private compound not far away where UN staff, aid workers and local staff were robbed, beaten, raped and killed by armed soldiers.

The report said "a lack of leadership on the part of key senior mission personnel culminated in a chaotic and ineffective response to the violence" at the UN compound, known as UN House.

It said peacekeepers didn't operate under unified command and were "risk-averse".