Fire at South Sudan protection site destroys shelter of 1,000 people

A baby was killed and eight people were injured in a fire that broke out at a UN civilian protection site in South Sudan, destroying shelter for 1,000 residents of the camp, a UN spokesman said Monday.

The cause of the fire that broke out Sunday at the camp in Malakal in Upper Nile State was being investigated, said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

Eight people were treated for smoke inhalation.

The protection site in Malakal houses 48,000 people displaced by the conflict between President Salva Kiir and rebels lead by former vice president Riek Machar. A power struggle between the two men turned violent mid-December 2013.

The conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, displaced more than 2 million people and led to widespread atrocities. The UN shelters a total of 194,000 people at its protection sites across the country.

A peace deal signed in August has been violated several times.

Last update: Tue, 12/01/2016 - 00:42

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