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Fijian Peacekeepers on high alert in South Sudan

July 11, 2016 6:20 pm

Fijian peace keepers are on High Alert in Juba, South Sudan after heavy shooting erupted between two opposing factions of the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army.

Republic of Fiji Military Forces – Chief of Staff – Colonel Litea Seruratu has confirmed to FBC News that five police force officers and one military officer are billeted at the United Nations House in Juba, which has been under fire since Sunday.

Overseas media report that a Chinese UN peacekeeper has been killed along with scores of South Sudanese as the fighting escalated.

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Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says they have been in contact with their officers and are assessing the security situation through the UN.

Only two months ago, the Fiji Police force sent a contingent of 10 officers for a year’s duty in South Sudan led by the Assistant Commissioner of Police – Unaisi Vuniwaqa.

The United Nations Security Council, which held a closed door meeting in New York, expressed “shock and outrage” at attacks on civilians and U.N. compounds, saying they may constitute war crimes.

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