Intercommunal violence in the southern Sudanese state of Warrap has killed over 30 people and injured 80.
In conversation with The incumbent Minister of Information of Warrap State Agok Ayaar said Tuesday, “The fighting that began over the weekend, mostly Sunday, has now lasted for at least two days. It happened in Tonj Ost and parts of Tonj Nord between three municipalities there. “
” According to reports from commissioners in these areas, over 30 people were killed and 80 people injured on all sides, “he added. “The state government condemns the attack and will investigate the incident.”
The minister said the wounded in Tonj East County are being treated at a medical facility of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) while the rest are treated in different health centers.
According to a report of gun violence by 211 Check – a fact-checking organization – at least 192 people died in South Sudan alone in August this year because of gun violence. This is a 67 percent increase in incidents compared to July, when the country recorded 63 gun violence-related deaths.
At the end of May this year, the UN Security Council passed a resolution on the Extension of an arms embargo and sanctions against South Sudan for one year. The South Sudanese government rejected the decision, arguing that it would jeopardize the progress of the revived 2018 Peace Agreement [R-ARCSS] that helped form the unity government last year.
There are many weapons in South Sudan Circulation. most taken by civilians.
According to a gun policy report, the estimated number of guns held by civilians (both legal and illegal) in South Sudan was 1.2 million in 2017 and 3 million a year 2013. The Defense Forces of South Sudan reportedly possess 351,500 firearms.
Juba, who is banned from buying weapons in the mainstream international market unless expressly authorized by the UN Security Council, argues that the arms embargo makes it difficult to arm yourself.