Rebels in South Sudan killed more than 200 civilians who were sheltered in a mosque after seizing the area last week. Approximately 400 more were also wounded at the mosque. The United Nations (UN) strongly condemned the killing calling it “the targeted killings of civilians based on their ethnic origins and nationality.”

The rebels captured Bentiu, the capital of the oil-producing Unity state. After the capture, rebels were actively searching a number of places where South Sudanese and foreign civilians found refuge, and killed them based on their ethnicity or nationality.

The fighting also disrupted oil production, cutting a large portion of the government revenue.

The radio station in the area was taken and used to broadcast hate speeches imploring “men from one community to commit vengeful sexual violence against women from another community,” the UN confirmed.