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160 injured in fighting at UN POC in Juba

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.

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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.

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