U.S, White House, Washington D.C
National Security advisor’s office.In the rise of violence in Malakal POC, The United States condemns in the strongest terms the violence at a UN compound in Malakal that led to the killing of internally displaced persons, and the burning and looting of a facility that provides refuge and aid to over 40,000 victims of the conflict in South Sudan.We are especially disturbed by credible reports that a large group of South Sudanese Government soldiers entered the compound and opened fire on civilians seeking refuge within the camp.
There are alarming evidences that government troops took part in the attack, which may constitute a war crime and crimes against humanity.Government troops wearing the uniform of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) were reported to have been shooting at civilians with fighting taking place in the camp, as well as gunfire coming from soldiers outside.
We call on the government of South Sudan immediately to conduct an investigation of this violence, to identify the soldiers responsible, and to bring the perpetrators to justice .
I, the U.S’s national security advisor express My and US deepest condolences for those who died — including two MSF workers — and the U.S. Government called on all South Sudanese parties to exercise restraint and avoid retributive violence in the coming days.