UN / SOUTH SUDAN VIOLENCE

24-Jul-2020 00:00:58
The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the number of families seeking safety at its base in Pibor “has climbed to 8,000” following new clashes in Jonglei State Thursday (23 Jul), according to a UN spokesperson. UNIFEED
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STORY: UN / SOUTH SUDAN VIOLENCE
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SOURCE: UNIFEED
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 24 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY
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1. Tilt up, UN headquarters exterior

24 JULY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. SOUNDBITE (English) Stéphane Dujarric, Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, United Nations:
"From South Sudan, the UN mission there says that following new clashes in Jonglei yesterday, the number of families seeking safety at the UN base Pibor has climbed to 8,000. On Wednesday and Thursday, armed groups attacked and seized the village of Lekoangole, which is 30 kilometres north of Pibor town, forcing people to flee to an area next to the UN base. Conditions are dire there due to wide-spread flooding. People have also fled to other areas where there is no shelter, water food, healthcare available. The UN mission says that all groups in the area have been involved in the violence, which has been escalating since December 2019. The Mission calls on the groups to stop fighting and urges the creation of buffer zones to protect people and allow reconciliation to safely take place."

FILE - NEW YORK CITY

3. Wide shot, UN headquarters exterior
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The UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said the number of families seeking safety at its base in Pibor “has climbed to 8,000” following new clashes in Jonglei State Thursday (23 Jul), according to a UN spokesperson.

Speaking to reporting in a virtual press briefing today (24 Jul), UN spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric said, on Wednesday and Thursday, armed groups attacked and seized the village of Lekoangole, which is 30 kilometres north of Pibor town, forcing people to flee to an area next to the UN base. He added, “Conditions are dire there due to wide-spread flooding. People have also fled to other areas where there is no shelter, water food, healthcare available.”

UNMISS noted that all groups in the area have been involved in the violence, which has been escalating since December 2019. The Mission called on the groups “to stop fighting and urges the creation of buffer zones to protect people a
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