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At least 80 people die in new clashes between ethnic groups in South Sudan

May 18, 2020

At least 80 people have been killed in the clashes between communities registered this weekend in Jonglei state in South Sudan, a local official reported Monday.

According to John Dak Gatluak, sheriff of Uror County, 50 others were injured in addition to the deceased after six Murle armed men attacked six towns in the county on Saturday.

According to the source contacted by the data protection agency, the balance of the victims is likely to increase as the search continues for residents who had to flee to the forest to flee the attackers armed with rocket launchers and machine guns.

At least 80 people die in new clashes between ethnic groups in South Sudan
At least 80 people die in new clashes between ethnic groups in South Sudan

Local authorities believe the Saturday attack was revenge for a similar attack that took place in February when men from the Lou Nuer ethnic group stole cattle and kidnapped children from the Murle ethnic group.

Cattle theft is a common occurrence among ethnic groups in eastern South Sudan, and children are sometimes kidnapped in attacks to be used as house slaves.