UN says S.Sudan abduction of 12 staff may be war crime

IDPs (Internally displaced persons) wait to receive food rations at the UNMISS site in Bentiu, Unity State, on February 27, 2015The United Nations’ chief in South Sudan called for the immediate release of 12 UN colleagues seized by rebels, warning their capture was a possible war crime. The US State Department later joined in condemning the capture of 30 UN peacekeepers and staff members by rebel fighters, saying that such attacks “could constitute war crimes” and lead to UN sanctions. Around 100 rebel fighters, who have been battling the government for almost two years, seized the 30 members of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on Monday.

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