At least 66 troops dead in South Sudan fighting

December 17, 2013 1:04 pm
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South Sudanese soldiers pictured in front of their national flag during a military parade in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011/AFP
South Sudanese soldiers pictured in front of their national flag during a military parade in the capital Juba on July 9, 2011/AFP

, JUBA, Dec 17 – At least 66 soldiers have been killed in battles raging for the past two days in the South Sudanese capital, a military hospital doctor said Tuesday.

“So far we have lost seven soldiers who died while they were waiting for medical attention and a further 59 who were killed outside,” doctor Ajak Bullen said on Miraya FM radio, adding the men would be given a mass burial.

Another medical establishment, Juba Teaching Hospital, had earlier reported 26 dead, a mixture of civilians and military.

It was not clear whether there was any overlap between the figures.

South Sudan’s hospitals, for a variety of logistical and cultural reasons, suffer from a shortage of blood, meaning that many patients in need of a transfusion die.

Military spokesman Philip Aguer declined to comment on the casualty figures, telling AFP only: “The soldiers are controlling the situation.”

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