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Ceasefire monitors to investigate South Sudan deadly clashes

Ceasefire monitors based in South Sudan, who are there to observe the implementation of the peace agreement, say they are sending delegates to investigate the ongoing deadly clashes in the northern oil-producing Upper Nile state.

Fighting has been going on in different areas of the state since mid-November – with reports of renewed clashes between the national army and the opposition forces in Maiwut area.

There have also been reports of renewed hostilities in Fashoda county between rival ethnic rival groups.

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More than 9,100 people were forced from their homes following a recent surge in violence in the area, according to the UN’s humanitarian office.

The ceasefire monitors have said they have received different reports about the situation affected by the conflict in Upper Nile.

Lt Gen Asrat Denero Amad, the Ethiopian who heads the monitoring team, said they will report back in the coming days.

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