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UN Sheltering Hundreds of Civilians From Violence in South Sudan

Dec. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Hundreds of South Sudanese civilians are sheltering at a United Nations peacekeepers’s base to escape an outbreak of violence a week after nine people died in clashes between protesters and the army in the town of Wau, the UN said.

“As a result of outbreaks of violence, several hundred civilians, primarily women and children, have been allowed to seek safety at the Unmiss camp in Wau,” Kouider Zerrouk, spokesman for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, said today by phone from Juba, the capital.

Violence erupted in Wau, the capital of Western Bahr El Ghazal state, on Dec. 8 and Dec. 9 after the army clashed with protesters opposing plans to transfer the administrative headquarters from the town to Baggari.

Government spokesman Barnaba Marial Benjamin didn’t answer calls seeking comment about today’s violence.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jared Ferrie in Juba, South Sudan at jferrie1@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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