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South Sudan's fighting directed at highest levels: UN report

  • FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)

    FILE - In this Thursday, July 9, 2015 file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, left, accompanied by army chief of staff Paul Malong, right, waves during an independence day ceremony in the capital Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Jason Patinkin, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, military helicopter gunships sit parked at the airport in Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, military helicopter gunships sit parked at the airport in Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, a group of government soldiers wait in line during a military parade celebrating the national army in Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)

    FILE - In this Monday, May 16, 2016 file photo, a group of government soldiers wait in line during a military parade celebrating the national army in Juba, South Sudan. A confidential U.N. report obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, Sept. 9, 2016 says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions. (AP Photo/Justin Lynch, File)  (The Associated Press)

A confidential U.N. report says South Sudan's deadly fighting in July was directed by the highest levels of government, and that leaders are intent on a military solution that worsens ethnic tensions.

The U.N. panel of experts report obtained by The Associated Press says President Salva Kiir and army chief of staff Paul Malong directed fighting in the capital, Juba, that killed hundreds.

The report also says Kiir and Malong have focused on procuring new weapons and ammunition.

The U.N. Security Council has threatened to impose an arms embargo if South Sudan's government doesn't comply with a plan to deploy an extra 4,000 peacekeepers to protect civilians.

The report says officials have focused on "mobilizing their respective tribes," which has escalated the conflict from a "primarily political to tribal war."