South Sudanese rest at the Juba Teaching Hospital, recovering from gunshot wounds and broken bones on February 23, 2014. (AFP PHOTO/Charles Lomodong)
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JUBA: Women gang-raped and then executed in their hospital beds, worshippers gunned down in their church and children executed: Details are emerging of yet more atrocities committed amid South Sudan's slide into carnage.On Thursday, two days after rebels loyal to ex-Vice President Riek Machar fought their way into Malakal and ejected government troops, the international medical aid group Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) relayed the first account of what had occurred at Malakal's Teaching Hospital.The motive for much of the violence has been ethnic: Members of South Sudan's Dinka tribe, to which President Salva Kiir belongs, have been targeted by rebels, while government troops have been accused of massacres of ethnic Nuer, the tribe of rebel leader Machar.Atrocities have been committed by both sides, whether in the initial clashes that marked the start of the conflict in the capital Juba on Dec. 15, during repeated battles over town of Bor farther north, or in the northern oil hubs of Bentiu and Malakal.
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