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South Sudan rival forces resume offensives in multiple places: UN

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April 27, 2018 (JUBA)- Rival forces in South Sudan conflict have resumed offensives in Upper Nile region, forcing humanitarian organisations to relocate some members following a surge in violent clashes in Unity, Jonglei and parts of Central Equatoria.

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) issued a statement confirming resumption of the offensives, pointing out that having a devastating impact on thousands of civilians and on humanitarian agencies trying to provide desperately needed assistance to vulnerable people.

The mission expressed deep concern at the intensification of fighting in areas such as Nhialdiu, Mayendit, Rupchai, Thaker, and Mirinyal, in the vicinity of Leer and Bentiu in the Unity region, as well as around Motot and Akobo in Jonglei.

“Innocent civilians are being caught in the crossfire, including many women, children and elderly people,” said the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, David Shearer. “Our teams on the ground are reporting incidents of killing, sexual violence, homes being burnt to the ground, cattle raiding, and the looting of hospitals and schools," he further said in a statement seen by Sudan Tribune.

The statement further added that There has been gunfire overnight near UNMISS’ temporary operating base at Leer and Ghanaian peacekeepers are on high alert to protect an influx of 600 internally displaced people who have sought sanctuary from the violence in recent days. This brings the total number of IDPs at the Leer base to around 1100. A small number of displaced people have also arrived at the UN protection site at Bentiu and more are expected.

More than 30 humanitarian workers have been relocated over the past two weeks because it is too dangerous for them to operate in the midst of the escalating conflict. Thousands of people have fled into swamp and bush areas without access to much-needed aid, including food, clean water and medical care.

“This surge in violence is causing immense suffering and harm to civilians and the ability to provide humanitarian support,” said David Shearer. “It is at odds with the cessation of hostilities agreement that was signed just a few months ago. We urge the warring parties to lay down their guns, put the interests of the people first, and work together to build lasting peace.”

“The success of the upcoming round of peace talks at the High-Level Revitalization Forum is dependent on all parties committing to stop the fighting and to come together in good faith. Political leaders must demonstrate they are willing to compromise and resolve this conflict which is causing terrible harm to their people,” he said.

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  • 27 April 23:52, by Theone

    Look at the face of this dirty white man.

    Big smile in his dirty face because his friends rebels are making a lot of money for him, The more war continue the more money the make.
    The war must be extended to so UN soldiers, they are rebels too

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    • 28 April 03:34, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Theone,

      You just an idiot. What is wrong with telling the truth. You must learn on how nation states are built. You people do not own the country as your property. We all own this land and must have a say in the affairs of our country. if not so the fire will keep burning.

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      • 28 April 08:06, by padiit gaga

        The smoke must not quit in S.SUDAN untill the long beard quit leadership. I know is not qualify to lead this nation his tangue is nub by alcohol he is tribal president not nation. Let fight, fight till we catch him and hang him

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  • 28 April 05:34, by dinkdong

    Here’s what I have realized. The peace agreement they always talk about and what’s going on in the field in term of fighting are two different things. It seem these two dummies called leaders are not in control of their armies. This country is doomed to another 20 years of bloodshed and bullshite.

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