South Sudan warring parties urged to show restraint, protect civilians

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An UN patrol in Upper Nile state, South Sudan. (file) Photo: UNMISS

Warring parties in South Sudan are being urged by the most senior UN official in the country to show restraint in the face of an escalation in violence and to remember their responsibility towards protecting civilians from conflict.

Fresh fighting has broken out between Government and opposition forces in a number of locations including Raga in the west of South Sudan, Waat in Jonglei to the east and in the area of Wunkur and Tonga in the northern Upper Nile region.

It follows recent fighting in Pajok and a week ago in Wau town and the surrounding area which led to the displacement of thousands of people.

Daniel Dickinson, the Spokesperson for the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), has been speaking to Jocelyne Sambira about the situation in the country and how the clashes are affecting civilians.

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