Upsurge in fighting reported in South Sudan

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Refugee at Jamam camp, South Sudan © Hannah McNeish/IRIN

An upsurge in heavy fighting has been reported in South Sudan between government and opposition forces.

The UN mission in the country, UNMISS, said it had received reports of hostilities taking place in Fangak County in Jonglei State.

South Sudan continues to suffer from instability after forces loyal to the deposed former Vice-President took up arms against the government a year ago.

Stéphane Dujarric is the UN Spokesperson.

"The fighting reportedly resulted in the displacement of approximately 4,000 civilians. The Mission says that these hostilities represent the most sustained fighting to have taken place between the main parties since May."   (12″)

More than 1.9 million people have fled their homes since the conflict began and over 100,000 people have sought refuge in UN bases.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

Duration:   55″

 

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