Heavy fighting continues in South Sudan close to UN base in Bentiu

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Displaced civilians sheltering at the UNMISS base in Bentiu, Unity State. Photo: UNMISS/Anna Adhikari

Heavy fighting continued in South Sudan on Monday close to the UN base in Bentiu, according to the UN mission in the country (UNMISS).

Clashes between government forces and opposition rebels in the Unity State capital have broken out close to where 23,000 displaced civilians are being protected by the United Nations.

South Sudan plunged into crisis in December 2013 following a power struggle between the president and his former deputy.

Farhan Haq is the Deputy Spokesperson for the Secretary-General.

” The Mission reports that a four-year-old girl seeking refuge has died after sustaining a wound from a stray bullet. Fighting has also been reported in Tor and close to Mayom Junction in Unity State. Heavy clashes were also reported in Nassir in Upper Nile State yesterday. The Mission reports the use of tank and mortar fire, with some of the shells landing close to the UNMISS base there.”

In Juba, the capital of South Sudan, the Mission also reported fighting outside the UN base between the two dominant ethnic groups in the country—the Nuer and the Dinkas.

Peacekeepers fired tear gas to disperse the crowd.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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