UN, Aid Organizations Leave South Sudan State as Fighting Rages

Ongoing hostilities in South Sudan’s Unity state have resulted in all non-governmental organizations and UN agencies to evacuate staff from Leer and other locations, the UN said today.

“The humanitarian response south of Bentiu in Unity state has, as such, come to a stop,” UN aid coordinator Toby Lanzer said in a statement. More than 300,000 civilians won’t have access to assistance, as a result he said.

Medecins Sans Frontieres on May 9 evacuated its international staff from Unity state’s county of Leer amid eminent attacks.

About 100,000 people have been displaced by fighting in the state since the beginning of May, Lanzer said on May 8.

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