Nearly 900,000 displaced from South Sudan conflict

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Feb 2014, Malakal, South Sudan

Nearly 900,000 people have fled their homes since the conflict in South Sudan began in December, according to the UN humanitarian agency, OCHA.

That includes the 710,000 people who remain inside the country and the 171,000 who have crossed into other countries.

Meanwhile, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) continues to assess the aftermath of clashes that took place in Malakal town, Unity State.

The UN Spokesperson, Martin Nesirky.

"The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) says that it observed forces arriving yesterday east and south of the Mission's Compound in Malakal in Upper Nile State. And also yesterday, personnel from the Mission conducted another patrol to the Malakal Teaching Hospital. The Mission reports that some patients said they witnessed opposition forces looting the hospital. A further 100 patients and civilians from the hospital were transferred to the UN Mission's protection site in Malakal for medical treatment. The UN Mission's patrol also visited displaced civilians sheltering in a church in Malakal town, and they reported lack of access to medical services. The Mission will give the people seeking refuge in the church the option of moving to its base so they can be better protected and receive medical treatment."

In the capital, Juba, the Mission says it has observed women and children leaving its two protection sites, reportedly for neighbouring countries.

The Mission is protecting some 43,000 civilians in Juba, with more than 75,000 overall seeking shelter in multiple Mission sites around the country.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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