Explosions heard in South Sudan's northern oil town

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Explosions and gun fire have been heard in South Sudan's northern oil town of Bentiu in Unity State, according to the UN Mission in the country (UNMISS).

The conflict in Africa’s newest nation has forced two million people to flee their homes.

100,000 have sought shelter at the bases of UNMISS.

UN Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric has the details.

"The Mission noted as many as 43 explosions as well as instances of small arms fire, not far from its compound outside of Bentiu, where it is protecting some 43,000 internally displaced persons. After the shelling stopped, peacekeepers conducted a patrol to Bentiu and Rubkona to assess the security situation. They said that markets in both towns were open, although with little civilian presence. And on Monday, an UNMISS patrol in Rubkona County received reports that recent fighting has displaced more than 50,000 civilians in Bentiu."

Also on Monday, UNMISS received reports of fighting between the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA) and Opposition forces in Unity Oil Field area.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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