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UN told up to 500 killed in South Sudan

Updated: 2013-12-19 08:28
By Agencies in Juba, South Sudan ( China Daily)

The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that hundreds of people had been killed and wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a "foiled coup".

"Two hospitals have recorded between 400 and 500 dead and (up to) 800 wounded," a diplomat in New York said on condition of anonymity, citing an estimate UN peacekeeping chief Herve Ladsous gave during a closed-door briefing for the 15-member body.

Another diplomat confirmed Ladsous' remarks, adding that the UN was not in a position to verify the figures.

UN told up to 500 killed in South Sudan