A grab made from a video released by the United Nations shows Lanzer looking at corpses in Bentiu.
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The townsfolk believed the mosque was safe.The U.N. says that hundreds of civilians were killed in the massacre last week in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan's oil-producing Unity state, a tragic reflection of long-standing ethnic hostilities in the world's newest country."Piles and piles" of bodies were left behind after the shootings, said Toby Lanzer, the top U.N. aid official in South Sudan. Thousands of people have been killed in violence in South Sudan since December, when presidential guards splintered and fought along ethnic lines. The violence later spread across the country as soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, tried to put down a rebellion led by Riek Machar, the former vice president and an ethnic Nuer.Lanzer said thousands of civilians from several ethnic groups are streaming to the U.N. peacekeeping base in Bentiu because many believe more violence is coming.Raphael Gorgeu, the head of Doctors Without Borders in South Sudan, said people would die inside the U.N. base in the coming days because of the water and sanitation situation.The gunmen killed wantonly, including children and the elderly, Lanzer said.
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