Aid Group: S.Sudan Clashes Show "extreme Violence"

Published January 24, 2012 1:45PM (EST)

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — An international medical group says ethnic clashes in South Sudan are part of a pattern of "extreme violence" that has sent hundreds of civilians into hiding where they face more attacks.

Doctors Without Borders said Tuesday that wounded patients are still coming to their hospital with gunshot and stab wounds, weeks after the last attack in Jonglei state. They say 25 of their local staff of 156 are missing.

The group says one of their clinics in the village of Lekwongole was largely destroyed.

The U.N. says more than 120,000 people need humanitarian aid after a wave of clashes between the Lou Nuer and Murle communities in the remote and volatile region.

No reliable death toll for the clashes has yet been established. Officials have given tolls ranging from 160 to more than 3,000.

South Sudan broke away from Sudan in July.

By Salon Staff

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