Thousands trapped in South Sudan fighting – UN

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The UN has warned that thousands of people in South Sudan are trapped by heavy fighting between rival armed groups.

Flooding in the north of the country – which has led to dozens of deaths – has also hindered their escape.

Since the fighting began 10 days ago, in the northern town of Tonga, the UN says only about 200 people have been able to flee to safety in Malakal, the state capital.

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It’s not clear what triggered the clashes, but South Sudan is reeling from months of inter communal fighting caused by tribal feuds, cattle rustling and long-running border issues.

The clashes are putting at risk a fragile peace deal signed in 2018, designed to end more than six years of civil war.

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