UN Mission boosts peacekeeping contingent

THE United Nations Mission in South Sudan boosted its peacekeeping contingent in the area after a convoy consisting of peacekeepers and civilians was involved in an armed attack yesterday morning.
A statement issued by the UNMISS said no one was injured and the vehicles did not sustain any damage.
The statement said the convoy came under fire when it stopped briefly to interact with a civilian in a little township called Rubkway, located in the country’s Unity region.
The convoy was conducting a patrol from the Mission’s Leer temporary operations base and was passing the Unity region.
“UNMISS strongly condemns this attack against its personnel and calls on all parties to respect the freedom of movement of UN personnel carrying out their mandate, and to cooperate with the peacekeepers as they work to protect civilians; monitor human rights; create a conducive environment for delivery of humanitarian aid, and support efforts to restore peace,” the statement said.
“UNMISS has boosted its peacekeeping contingent into the area, flying in additional soldiers and airlifting in armoured personnel carriers to assist with patrolling in affected villages to better protect civilians.”
There are five Fijians serving in South Sudan and Fiji born Police Officer Unaisi Bolatolu–Vuniwaqa was recently appointed as the first female police commissioner to serve with the UN Mission in South Sudan.

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