MALAKAL, South Sudan (AP) — House after house has been burned to the ground. Armed rebels shot patients dead in their beds. Dozens of corpses lie in the streets throughout town.
Col. Jan Hoff, an officer in Norway's army, said the attacks in South Sudan are about revenge. He said: "There is no humanity here."
Human Rights Watch said Thursday that both government and rebel forces are responsible for serious abuses that may amount to war crimes in Malakal and Bentiu, capitals of oil-producing states.
The group said armed forces from both sides of the conflict have extensively looted and destroyed civilian property, including desperately needed aid facilities.
In Malakal, the smell of death and sight of destruction overwhelms. Inside the hospital is a scattering of dead bodies, including those executed in their beds.