The UN has condemned the killing of civilians in cattle raids at Jonglei state in eastern South Sudan and called for an investigation into the matter.
The UN’s peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says armed youth from Murle community carried out attacks and cattle raids in Dungrut and Machined villages, killing 32 people from the Dinka Bor community.
At least 26 other people were wounded, and at least five houses were burned and other property looted.
A number of children were reported to have drowned in the river while fleeing from the attackers.
Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF Representative in South Sudan, said she was shocked and deeply saddened to learn children were among the victims.
“UNICEF deplores such acts and urges that children and civilians are protected from all forms of violence,” she said in a statement issued on Monday
“The Mission further calls on authorities to carry out timely investigations and that the perpetrators be held accountable,” UNMISS said in a statement.