Continued disruption and security threats to UN staff in South Sudan

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A view of UN peacekeepers through barbed wire at the protection site. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Recent incidents have disrupted the United Nations peacekeeping operation in South Sudan, and have exposed personnel to serious security risks.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), said it deplores the fact that some security forces and local authorities have assaulted and illegally detained two UNMISS staff members in Juba.

It also said UN patrols were denied access in Unity and other states.

The Mission noted it experienced what it described as "similar unacceptable impediments" with opposition forces.

UNMISS has demanded that all parties ensure unhindered freedom of movement to the UN, and the safety of its staff so that it can continue operating in South Sudan.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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