Southern Sudan: 72 injured admitted after riots

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At least 70 students have been admitted to the hospital in Yambio, in southern Sudan’s Western equatoria state, after getting injured during riots which took place Thursday evening in Yambio town.

Yambio hospital’s doctor, Munadi Atif, confirmed that 70 people, had been injured and were admitted in the hospital following Thursday’s riots.

“All those admitted sustained injuries. One of the admitted who got abdominal gunshot wound is admitted in the intensive care unit. The medical workers are doing their best to treat all the admitted people,” Dr. Atif said.

Jema Nunu Kumba, Governor of Western Equatoria State, said that students from various schools, who performed at celebrations to mark the fifth anniversary of the comprehensive peace agreement on Thursday, had clashed with police.

According to the Governor, took place following the students’ complaints over delays in payments due them for their performance. “The students clashed with police over delayed incentives. But police managed to put the situation under control. Yambio is now calm.”

The comprehensive peace agreement was signed in 2005 between the Government in Khartoum and Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement (SPLM). The agreement was signed after over twenty years of fighting between the two warring parties.

Since then, celebrations to mark the day are carried out in southern Sudan’s 10 states.

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