Fighting in South Sudan border puts thousands of refugees in danger

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Sudanese refugees rest near tent inside South Sudanese: UNHCR

Sudanese refugees rest near tent inside South Sudanese

Twenty thousand refugees in South Sudan's northern border with Sudan are increasingly at risk because of ongoing military clashes in the area, according to the UN's refugee agency (UNHCR).

Fears of an attack on the border area and the proximity of fighting have sent some refugees fleeing to the bush, says UNHCR.

The insecurity has also affected humanitarian access and the flow of aid, causing assistance at Yida to be disrupted repeatedly.

UNHCR's Melissa Fleming says the agency is providing emergency services such as food, water and medical care to the affected people.

"We are really concerned that this fighting could cross the border. We are talking about ground fighting now not just aerial. And as a consequence, we are speeding up efforts to relocate the refugees away from this border. The UN Mine Action Centre is helping to clear the mines from the road as I reported as well, this was a big hindrance in being able to relocate the people".

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Meanwhile, in the eastern part of South Sudan, refugees are still arriving at a rate of 650 per day after fleeing Sudan's Blue Nile state, says UNHCR.

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