Juba. South Sudan’s government troops killed about 50 civilians last October by stuffing them into a shipping container in baking heat, a report has said.

The document by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), which oversees the country’s ceasefire, said the incident took place in Unity State.

The government has not commented on the claim - the latest reported atrocities in more than two years of war. Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced since then. “About 50 people suffocated in a container on about 22 October 22 The investigation was protracted. Attribution of responsibility: Government Forces,” the JMEC report said. The document by the monitoring group, which is backed by the African Union, was made public late on Sunday.

Metal containers are often used as makeshift prison cells. President Kiir has called proposed international sanctions “unproductive” and warned they would only “fan the flames” of war.