According to the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) responsible for overseeing the ceasefire in South Sudan, the nation’s troops carried out a massacre in October in Unity State, where they imprisoned 50 civilians in metal shipping containers, suffocating them to death. After achieving its independence from majority Muslims Sudan, the Christian south has been in inter-ethnic massacres.
Reports of a large civilian death toll were investigated for months by the JMEC, who concluded it was the South Sudanese military that forced the civilians into the containers. This was one of several incidents in the report of civilians being killed by both government and rebel troops, but one of the largest and most high profile single cases.
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