Peacekeepers extract civilians from violence in Bentiu, South Sudan

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A makeshift primary school for students at the UNMISS displaced persons camp in Bor, Jonglei state, South Sudan. Photo: UNMISS/Mihad Abdalla

South Sudanese civilians seeking shelter from violence have been extracted from Unity State's capital Bentiu by United Nations peacekeepers, according to a UN Spokesperson.

The UN Mission in South Sudan, known as UNMISS, also reported fighting between government and opposition forces in Mayom.

The latest reports said Mayom is currently under SPLA control, although fighting persists.

South Sudan continues to suffer insecurity and destabilization as government forces battle rebels loyal to former Vice President, Riek Machar.

Stephane Dujarric is the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General.

In Bentiu itself, peacekeepers extracted 16 civilians, including one female and one child, from various locations around town and brought them to the protection of civilians' site in the UN compound. The mission also accepted 200 patients from Bentiu hospital who arrived at its gate yesterday. Currently, some 22,500 civilians are seeking shelter at the Mission site in Bentiu. (0'24")

On Sunday, the Mission received more than 650 internally displaced civilians at another protection site in Wau, with reports of more civilians on their way seeking shelter.

UNMISS once again reiterated the need for fighting to stop and for both sides to abide by the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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