Fighting escalates in South Sudan state

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Livelihood kits being delivered to hard-to-reach areas in South Sudan through FAO's helicopter operation. Photo: FAO

Aid agencies in South Sudan have said they're concerned about the escalation in fighting over the past days in Unity State in the north of the country.

Clashes have been reported around the towns of Koch and Leer.

Political and ethnic infighting in the world’s youngest country has led to the deaths of thousands of people over the past two years.

Daniel, Dickinson reports.

The UN humanitarian office, OCHA, said both Koch and Leer have experienced intense conflict since April.

The agency has what it called "grave concerns" about the humanitarian condition of people trapped by the fighting.

The UN Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"Aid agencies have relocated staff from Leer and humanitarian premises have apparently been looted. Humanitarian access is currently a major challenge in these areas and all assistance is on hold in light of the insecurity."

The UN says that across South Sudan, more than 1.6 million people have had to flee their homes because of violence and insecurity.

Daniel, Dickinson, United Nations

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