The United Nations Secretary –General Ban Ki-Moon is concerned with the number of people being displaced because of the ongoing violence in South Sudan.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, Ban was alarmed by the deaths of 200 civilians who drowned in the River Nile.

The 200 civilians drowned in the River Nile while fleeing hostilities in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

Ban also referred the rising number of displaced people in the country, which surpassed 400,000 this week.

The statement reveals that the SG is concerned with “the challenges humanitarians are facing in providing life-saving assistance.”
He strongly condemns the commandeering of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of food stocks and other relief items by both Government and anti-Government forces.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to cease hostilities and urges them to engage constructively with the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)-led negotiation process, while doing their utmost to prevent civilian casualties, uphold principles of International Humanitarian Law and respect human rights.

He reiterates that those responsible for attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers and UN personnel will be held accountable, and that the United Nations will continue to actively protect civilians applying strict impartiality.

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