At least 16 people have been killed in fresh ethnic fighting witnessed in South Sudan. The killings have been caused by militiamen targeting civilians based on their ethnicity.
Dinka militiamen are to have moved from house to house on Monday in the town of Wau searching for people from local Luo and Fertit ethnic groups. Reports indicate that the streets were deserted Monday as families hid inside their houses.
The United Nations Mission in South Sudan, or UNMISS, confirmed of the slain 16 civilians in a hospital and 10 others injured.
U.N. officials say the killings were in retaliation for a rebel attack on government forces in Wau state on Sunday that killed two officers.
South Sudan power struggle has been between Salva Kiir who comes from Dinka ethnic community and his rival, Riek Machar who comes from Nuer. The two broke out in December of 2013 after President Kiir accused Machar and 10 others of attempting to oust him.
Recently, Riek Machar who was the First Vice President was replaced with Taban Deng Gai.
Fighting in the world’s youngest nation has split along ethnic lines leaving more than two million people displaced from their homes, and caused dire humanitarian crisis including food shortages in many areas.
U.N. officials have repeatedly warned that South Sudan is at risk of genocide
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