Security situation in Upper Nile and Unity States tense: UNMISS

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Civilians seek protection after fighting in Juba

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that approximately 63,000 civilians are now sheltering in UN bases around the country.

A breakdown of the number shows that 25,000 are in two Juba bases; 15,000 in Bor, 12,000 in Bentiu and 8,000 in Malakal.

UN peacekeepers continue to protect civilians in these locations, while humanitarian actors provide relief.

The UN Mission says that the security situation in Upper Nile and Unity States is tense, with reports of the presence of anti-Government and Government forces. Government forces are believed to have consolidated their positions in and around Bor, as well as at the airport. But the statement says anti-government forces remain in the vicinity and the situation remains tense.

The Department of Peacekeeping Operations says it is working with other peacekeeping missions in the region, as well as troop and police contributing countries, in order to quickly mobilise personnel and equipment to be moved into South Sudan to strengthen the Mission's protection of civilian capacity.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

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