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UN says South Sudan civilians tied and shot in war

Published on Jan 17, 2014 9:48 AM

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) - A UN rights envoy in South Sudan said on Thursday he had seen bodies in the streets that had been tied before being shot as the global body stepped up warnings over rights abuses.

The UN has accused forces of President Salva Kiir and former vice president Riek Machar of carrying out atrocities in the conflict that started on December 25.

Amid mounting reports of mass killings in several towns, UN assistant secretary general Ivan Simonovic said 92 UN investigators are in the country and a first report would be released in about two weeks.

Speaking after a visit to the Unity state capital of Bentiu, Mr Simonovic said it had been left a "ghost town" by successive raids by the rival forces. Nearly all the 40,000 inhabitants have fled.

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