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Increasing violence in South Sudan

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Increasing violence in South Sudan

Juba, Apr 19 (Prensa Latina) Humanitarian organizations on Tuesday denounced that new episodes of violence in the county of Leer, in the northern South Sudanese state of Unity, killed and wounded dozens of people.

Without giving exact figures, the NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) issued a statement in which it strongly condemned such indiscriminate violence by armed groups in the county, where one of its workers was also recently shot.

It indicated that among the victims are also vulnerable people, such as children, the elderly and the disabled.

Noting that in recent days thousands of people, including MSF staff, have been forcibly displaced in several parts of the state, the humanitarian agency said that the localities most affected by the violence include Adok, Pilleny, Thonyor and Touchria. Several organizations, including MSF, recently documented the burning of houses and destruction of other infrastructures in Leer County.

Manyo County, Upper Nile State, was also the scene on Monday of attacks by unknown elements, who killed seven people, including three government officials and two soldiers, according to a traditional community leader.

In South Sudan, clashes in communities are frequent due to contradictions between social groups, such as shepherds and farmers, who control the land and livestock.

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