Ban Ki-moon sacks UN peacekeeping commander in South Sudan

The fight began with clashes between President Salva Kiir's guards and bodyguards of sacked Vice-President Riek Machar.

By: ANI | New Delhi | Published:November 2, 2016 11:04 am
Ban Ki-moon, China, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, South Sudan, Juba, Salva Kiir, world news United Nations General Secretary Ban Ki-moon. (AP Photo-file)

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday sacked the UN force commander in South Sudan following a report saying it had failed to protect civilians in July this year. The claims made by aid workers that the UN troops refused to respond when government soldiers attacked an international aid compound in Juba was backed by the report.

A local journalist was killed and aid workers were reportedly raped in a fight between the army and former rebels. The clashes derailed efforts to form a unity government and end the civil war.

The fight began with clashes between President Salva Kiir’s guards and bodyguards of sacked Vice-President Riek Machar.

The independent special investigation into the violence on 8-11 July in South Sudan’s capital was commissioned by the UN.