UNMISS condemns clashes in Bentiu, Unity State South Sudan

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Bentiu, Unity State South Sudan. UN Photo/UNMISS/Anna Adhikari

Clashes between government forces and rebel fighters near Bentiu, the capital of Unity State in South Sudan, have been condemned by the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS).

According to UNMISS, heavy, sustained small arms and artillery fire was heard to the south-east of its base in Bentiu on Friday morning.

The mission says one artillery shell exploded next to its base but nobody was injured in the blast.

During the violence, approximately 400 civilians fled from Bentiu and took shelter with UNMISS troops stationed at the airport, the mission adds.

It says it protected the civilians and then escorted them from the airport to the Protection of Civilian area in its compound outside Bentiu.

UNMISS has called on those responsible for Friday's hostilities to refrain from any further violence.

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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