UN mission alarmed at insecurity in South Sudan's Jonglei StateListen /
The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is worried about the deteriorating security situation in the country's largest state.
UNMISS has strongly condemned recent violence, looting and displacement in and around Pibor town in Jonglei State.
Mission spokesperson Ariane Quentier, who spoke to UN Radio on Tuesday, says a number of factors are behind the violence.
They include involvement by alleged defectors from the security forces as well as statements issued by an armed group known as the South Sudan Democratic Movement/Army.
"The violence in and around Pibor has been going on for a number of weeks, and the town is already pretty deserted by the civilian population. But we don't want to get into numbers because we're not really sure. What we want to get into is significant numbers. We're talking about numbers big enough to be an issue of concern for UNMISS."
The UN mission has reinforced its presence in Pibor town with additional troops and calls on the authorities to immediately take control of the situation.
Dianne Penn, United Nations.