UN urges warring parties to allow resupply flights in South Sudan

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Refugees at Yida refugee camp in South Sudan's Unity State queue for hours for food and soap. © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

The UN Mission in South Sudan, UNMISS, has called on government and anti-government forces to allow flights to resupply its bases.

UNMISS says that there have been signs of troop mobilisation by both sides over the weekend as fighting continues in pockets across the country.

The situation remains tense in Bor, the capital of Jonglei State which is under rebel control.

UN Spokesperson Farhan Haq says the UN mission continues to protect approximately 9,000 civilians in its compound in Bor.

"The resupply of the UNMISS Bor base is becoming a critical issue. Medical capacity continues to be severely overstretched. The Mission has called on both the Government and anti-government forces to cooperate to allow resupply flights. In Juba, the Mission reports that the situation is tense – with incidents of shooting over the weekend. This includes exchanges of fire on Saturday night near the Jebel market and the National Security headquarters, resulting in a further 1,000 civilians taking shelter in the UN House base." (25")

Three Bangladesh military helicopters deployed to Juba on Monday, on temporary loan from the UN peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The helicopters will be used to transport personnel and equipment to reinforce UNMISS bases throughout the country.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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