Aid workers killed in South Sudan

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At least six South Sudanese aid workers have been killed in the last two days, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).

The killings took place in Maban county Upper Nile state, where a major humanitarian operation is underway to provide lifesaving relief to over 127,000 refugees and local communities.

Representatives from United Nations agencies and other humanitarian organisations in South Sudan have condemned the killings and called on authorities to conduct a full and swift investigation and ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.

United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan Toby Lanzer has called on armed groups to stop targeting civilians and to respect the neutrality of aid workers.

The killings have led to the suspension of essential services such as food distributions and emergency healthcare.

Mr Lanzer says aid agencies are committed to staying in Maban, but their work hinges on the security of their staff especially those from South Sudan who make up a large majority of the aid workers in the area and without whom the relief operation would not be possible.

He says the current wave of attacks on civilians in Maban County is symptomatic of the brutal violence that has characterized the conflict in South Sudan since December 2013.

The conflict has displaced over 1.5 million people.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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