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9 Dec 2014
Weapons seized by the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) on land set aside for displaced people in the capital, Juba, were destroyed on Tuesday.
Thousands of South Sudanese displaced by the conflict between government and rebel forces are sheltering at the so-called protection of civilian site.
Speaking at the event for the destruction of the weapons, the head of UNMISS, Ellen Margrethe Lǿj, said that over the past 12 months the Mission has recovered weapons and ammunitions at the location.
She pointed out that, in most instances, these weapons have been surrendered by civilians and former fighters seeking shelter.
“Today we will destroy the firearms seized in Juba with the support of the United Nations Mine Action Services and the weapons consist of pistols and AK 47 assault rifles. This is the first in a series of such weapons and ammunition destruction events that will take place throughout the month of December.” (21″).
Ms Lǿj said similar events will be held at UNMISS bases in Malakal, Nassir, Wau, Bentiu and Bor.
Stephanie Castro, United Nations