UN said it continued to receive deeply disturbing reports of sexual violence, including rape and gang rape.
The United Nations said on Wednesday there has been at least 120 cases of sexual violence and rape against civilians in South Sudan’s capital Juba since fighting erupted three weeks ago between troops loyal to the country’s rival leaders.
Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in Juba for several days between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing Vice President Riek Machar earlier this month. At least 272 people were killed before the leaders ordered a ceasefire.
South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said on Thursday it decided to apply new immigration procedures to all personnel of the UN mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) entering the country.
In a statement seen by Radio Tamazuj, the ministry said the UN mission is required to submit names of all its personnel arriving in South Sudan three working days before arrival date for verification.
According to the government, only passengers that have been notified to the ministry will be permitted to proceed through immigration and enter the country. The new procedures apply to all UNMISS personnel arriving by both UN and commercial flights.