The United Nations says its staff visiting the South Sudan town of Malakal have seen scores of bodies scattered in the town following clashes between government troops and rebel forces.
"We have an update from the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The Mission conducted multiple patrols to Malakal in Unity State over the weekend, where it reported the situation to be tense,” a press release by Martin Nesirky, the Spokesperson for the UN Secretary General, said.
“The patrol reported that the town was deserted, with signs of looting and burning. The Mission also counted more than 100 bodies scattered along their routes,” the release received by PANA in Khartoum said on Monday.
It added that the UN Mission personnel also visited various civilian sites in the town, including churches and a hospital.
It said at the Malakal Teaching Hospital, the patrol observed approximately 100 patients, most of whom were wounded or sick, while UNMISS extracted 13 patients requiring urgent medical attention to its hospital within its base.
The UN Mission continues to protect some 22,000 civilians at its site in Malakal. Overall, 75,000 people are sheltering in a number of bases across South Sudan.