Report: 58 killed in hospitals in S. Sudan conflict

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Internally displaced South Sudanese collect their rations in Minkaman, South Sudan, Thursday, June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Matthew Abbott)

Health facilities have been attacked in South Sudan in contravention of international law since December, according to an aid agency.

The attacks have left at least 58 people dead, some of whom have been shot in their hospital beds.

Doctors Without Borders said the attacks on the health facilities are denying medical assistance to hundreds of thousands. The group says of the 58 killed, 25 were patients, 27 had sought shelter, four remain unidentified, and two are government officials.

Thousands have died and more than 1.3 million people were forced to flee their homes since the conflict erupted in mid-December between forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar and those loyal to President Salva Kiir. Fighting between the two factions has reduced significantly since the latest cease fire agreement signed on June 10.

Report compiled with information from The Associated Press.