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UN Agency Cites Refugee 'Surge' from New South Sudan Clashes


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Tue, 12 Feb 2019 20:42 GMT

The United Nations refugee agency said 13,000 people have fled renewed fighting and violence in parts of South Sudan in recent days, many into neighbouring Congo.

In a report by AP, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees cited a "surge" of arrivals into Congo's Ituri province since clashes erupted on January 19th between the South Sudanese army and a rebel group, the National Salvation Front. 

The UNHCR said on Tuesday, February 12th, that thousands of people — mostly women, children and the elderly — arrived by foot over the weekend in north-eastern Congolese villages near the border town of Ingbokolo. 

Another 8,000 are reported to have been internally displaced near the South Sudan town of Yei. 

Last week, the UN envoy for South Sudan, David Shearer, said fighting there had "diminished greatly" since a