UN calls for calm and restraint in South Sudan following foiled coup attempt

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Civilians arriving in the UN House compound on the Southwestern outskirts of Juba to take refuge from fighting that broke out in the South Sudanese capital. Photo: UNMISS/George Mindruta

All parties in South Sudan are being urged to cease hostilities immediately and exercise restraint following an attempted coup.

The call has been made by the UN Secretary-General's Special Representative to the country, Hilde Johnson, in a statement released by her office on Monday.

Ms. Johnson says the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) is "deeply concerned" about the ongoing fighting that broke out in the capital, Juba on Sunday evening.

She says she is in touch with the key leaders, including at the highest levels to call for calm.

Meanwhile, hundreds of civilians have sought shelter at UNMISS facilities – the majority are women and children.

UNMISS is denying any suggestion that it is harbouring any key political or military figures.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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