South Sudan Flash Update on Upper Nile | 7 July 2017
Thousands of people are thought to have been displaced from around Mathiang due to fighting.
At least 25 aid workers have been forced to relocate from Pagak and surrounding areas due to insecurity.
An estimated 50,000 people in key locations have been cut off from assistance.
Protection of civilians is a major concern.
Upper Nile: Situation in Longochuk and Maiwut
Thousands of civilians have reportedly been displaced from Mathiang in Longochuk County following an offensive by government forces which began approximately one week ago.
Due to escalating tensions, at least 25 aid workers from different humanitarian organizations were relocated from Pagak and surrounding areas on 6 and 7 July. There are also reports of looting of humanitarian compounds and assets in Mathiang.
Aid workers estimate that more than 50,000 civilians in Longochuk and Maiwut counties have been cut off from assistance in key locations, including Mathiang, Maiwut and Pagak, as a result of the escalating insecurity and relocation of aid workers.
Humanitarians are deeply concerned regarding the plight of civilians in areas affected by the clashes and call on all parties to uphold their responsibilities under international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians, and to provide free, safe and unhindered access for humanitarian organizations to return to these areas as soon as possible.
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