Ugandan force ‘used cluster bombs in South Sudan’

Kampala. A new United Nations report on the atrocities of war committed by both South Sudan government forces and rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar has sucked the UPDF in the use of cluster bombs in the conflict.

The United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (Unmiss) in the 61-page human rights report titled “Conflict in South Sudan” said it had “found physical evidence” on the use of cluster munitions in the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA)UPDF controlled Malek area of Bor County.  “While opposition forces controlled Bor Town, from December 31 to January 18, they pushed south, and heavy fighting occurred between government forces supported by the UPDF. Between 11 and 16 January, Unmiss is aware of several instances of aerial bombardments by Ugandan forces in areas south of Bor,” reads part of the report.

Both Uganda and South Sudan are reported to have denied the use of such kind of weaponry.

The UPDF spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, could also not be reached immediately for comment as his known phone number remained switched off.

SOURCE: The Citizen

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