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UN Bases Shelter 95,000 Refugees in South Sudan

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People displaced by the fighting wait to get clean water at the United Nations base in Bentiu, Unity State on June 17.

Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 11:42 PM

The number of civilians seeking refuge on UN bases from bloodshed in South Sudan has reached a peak of 95,000 since fighting broke out in December, the United Nations said Thursday.

There are more than 30,000 people on UN bases in the capital Juba, 18,000 in Malakal in Upper Nile State and around 38,000 in the oil hub of Bentiu, said spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

"That's the largest figure recorded since the beginning of the crisis in mid-December," Dujarric told reporters.

The UN Mission in South Sudan says most new sites for internally displaced people have been or are very close to completion.

In Malakal, 7,000 people have already moved to the new site. Relocation should begin this week in Juba and at the end of the month in Bor, in Jonglei state.

The UN peacekeeping force has been bolstered by the arrival of 800 Rwandan soldiers, most of them deployed to Malakal.

Around 300 Ghanians have gone to Bentiu and two Ethiopian battalions of 1,700 are expected in the coming days.

In December, the UN Security Council voted to double the world body's peacekeeping mission in South Sudan by sending an extra 6,000 blue helmets, essentially diverted from other missions.

The conflict in the world's youngest and one of its most poor countries has killed thousands and forced more than 1.5 million to flee their homes.

The fighting broke out on December 15 in Juba.

Both the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar currently refuse to restart talks aimed at ending the six-month conflict.

© AFP 2017

   
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