More troops needed to avert violence in Jonglei

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Displaced people in Pibor, Jonglei state

The government of South Sudan is being urged by the UN to deploy more troops in key areas in Jonglei state to avert further violence and stop the bloodshed.

Scores of civilians have been killed but the exact number of casualties is still unknown.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The "chain of retaliatory attacks" between the rival Murle, Lou Nuer and Dinka communities in Jonglei state continues, according to Hilde Johnson, the UN's top envoy to the region.

The UN has mounted a very complex and expensive humanitarian operation to assist 60,000 people affected by the violence.

Ms. Johnson says more government forces are urgently needed to avert further violence.

She has also voiced concern at hate messages delivered by some individuals and groups that are fuelling the ethnic tensions.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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