Rebels Abduct 12 UN Contractors in South Sudan

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Juba: Rebels in South Sudan have abducted 12 UN contractors operating a barge carrying fuel, weapons and equipment for international peacekeepers.

According to AFP, UN Spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said on Thursday that the incident happened in the town of Kaka, in the Northeastern Province of Upper Nile.

Dujarric demanded that the “national contractors be released immediately, unharmed and unhurt,” adding that attacks against peacekeepers may constitute a war crime.

Dujarric called on rebel leader, Riek Machar, to “take his responsibilities” and “uphold his commitment to the United Nations that all be returned safely.”

In a similar incident on Monday, 100 heavily-armed rebels kidnapped 20 peacekeepers when they captured the barge traveling on the Nile, north of Malakal. The peacekeepers, however, were released on Thursday.

According to reports, some 12,500 peacekeepers have been deployed in South Sudan since 2013.

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