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Amnesty International: Gross human rights abuses seen in South Sudan

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Associated Press

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Amnesty International documents in a new report the horrific, ethnically motivated attacks of physical and sexual violence seen in South Sudan.

The report released Thursday catalogues human rights abuses by government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, an ethnic Nuer. Massive violence broke out in mid-December.

The group said its researchers have discovered dozens of mass graves, including five in the town of Bor containing 530 bodies.

Amnesty's Michelle Kagari said the report documents the rapes of children and the shooting deaths of the elderly lying in hospital beds. The report also documents the rape of a 10-year-old girl by 10 men.

The U.N. is expected to release its own investigation of human rights abuses later.

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