Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) march and salute South Sudan's president in the John Garang Mausoleum grounds in Juba on July 9, 2015 during celebrations as part of South Sudan's fourth independence day. AFP PHOTO / CHARLES LOMODONG
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South Sudanese government troops crushed fleeing civilians with tanks, then reversed to check they had killed them, carried out public gang rapes and burned people alive, a rights group said Wednesday.The report by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has shocking allegations of atrocities committed by government forces in the ongoing 19-month-old war, documenting "deliberate attacks on civilians" that it said constitute war crimes.The attacks were allegedly carried out by government troops and an allied militia from the Bul Nuer tribe.Another witness, a 30-year-old woman, said troops in a tank hunted down her nephew.Other victims recount government soldiers castrating a man and a 15-year old boy, all part of a deliberate tactic to drive people out of the villages, HRW said.
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