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UN aid chief in S Sudan amid fighting

Afp, Juba

UN aid chief Valerie Amos arrived in war-torn South Sudan yesterday amid a growing humanitarian crisis, with rebels and government accusing each other of breaking a ceasefire aimed at ending the conflict.
Amos, who arrived in Juba at the start of a three-day visit, is due to meet with government officials and aid workers in a bid to boost relief to the troubled young nation, where thousands have been killed and over 700,000 people have fled their homes in over six weeks of bloodshed.
The UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs will also stress the "importance of ensuring the protection of civilians, and of aid workers", a statement added.
Both sides say the other is breaking a ceasefire which began Friday evening, but insisting they are committed and that they have opened fire only in self-defence.

Published: 12:00 am Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Last modified: 4:19 pm Tuesday, January 28, 2014

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