At least 160 injured people are receiving treatment in Juba Teaching hospital following clashes between two groups of IDPs at the UN protection of civilians’ site in Juba.
According to UNMISSS, the fighting erupted on Monday between the two groups inside and outside the Protection of Civilian site 3.
“UNMISS has increased its presence with the reinforcement of the Formed Police Unit, and peacekeepers have intensified patrols around the PoC sites,” it said in an e-mail to Eye Radio.
The UN mission said at least 12 civilians are reported to have been injured and transported to clinic inside the PoC site 1.
But the Juba Teaching Hospital told Eye Radio it has received at least 160 injured people as from yesterday and this morning.
Mabil Thomas, who is an intern at hospital, said in the first day of the incident, they have received more than 100 injured people and they were treated.
He said on Wednesday morning the hospital received nine injured people from the PoC.
“The number of yesterday which was brought here it was very big number. It is 136 people and nine this morning plus the 12 and two who are already admitted here with serious wound,” said Thomas.
According to him, most of the victims sustained spear, stone and barbed wire wounds in the clashes.
However, the Director of Juba Teaching Hospital, says they received 160 minor injuries and all were treated and discharged on Monday.
“They are all minor injuries; they were given treated and they are discharged all of them,” he Dr Maker Isaac.
When contacted by Eye Radio, UNMISS said it had increased its presence with the reinforcement of the Formed Police Unit, and peacekeepers have intensified patrols around the PoC sites.
According to UN, it is currently calm around the PoC sites but it is monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, an IDP at the UN Protection of Civilians Site in Juba says three people were attacked and killed in the fighting.
According to him, there are conflicting reports about the cause of the violence between the two groups.
Some say it was triggered by a stolen phone; while others attributed to a stolen cap.
He said the UN moved one of the groups and locked them outside the camp in a bid to de-escalate the violence.
“The gate has been closed, that is POC 1 and POC 3. No one is going out and no one is coming in,” he said.
However, the group started attacking people randomly resulting in the deaths and injuries.
“There were three people dead in the street. But we never saw that because we did not go outside,” he told Eye Radio.
“Now, there is no water coming in since yesterday up to today. There were vehicles trying to come at morning hours but reaching check-point, they went back.”
UNMISS says a meeting will be held between community leaders and camp leaders from the PoC sites to understand the causes of the incident and negotiate an amicable solution.
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