The UN says there have been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital
Juba since fighting broke out three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country’s rival leaders.
Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several days between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing Vice President Riek Machar earlier this month.
At least 272 people were killed before the leaders ordered a ceasefire.
Farhan Haq, UN spokesperson, said on Wednesday the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan continued to receive “deeply disturbing reports of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape, by soldiers in uniform and men in plain clothes against civilians, including minors, around UN House and in other areas of Juba.”
Haq said UN peacekeepers had stepped up patrols and were also providing “protection at designated times to women when they to go out of the Protection of Civilians sites to collect firewood and procure other non-food items.”
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