At least 127 people were killed in clashes in the southern Sudanese state of Warrap in the north of the country during a disarmament process over the weekend. This comes from a new death toll confirmed by the armed forces this Wednesday.
A military spokesman, Lul Ruai, has assured that 127 people in East Tonj district have lost their lives in clashes between army officers and armed civilians, with casualties on both sides. Authorities have opened an investigation to clarify what happened with the aim of allowing disarmament to continue, according to Radio Miraya.
A local official, Makuei Mabior Dhuol, quoted by Radio Tamazuj, has assured that fighting broke out after a soldier killed a young man “because he refused to remove a cloth he was wearing on his head.” “The relatives of the deceased attacked a military canton,” he said.
The disarmament of civilian groups is part of the peace agreement signed in February by Sudanese President Salva Kiir and the main rebel leader Riek Machar. The South Sudan Small Arms Action Network last week warned of a hasty disarmament process, adding that armed civilians could resist if there were no security guarantees for communities should they surrender their weapons.