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South Sudan Crisis Situation Report No. 61 (as of 7 November 2014)

Situation Report
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  • Sporadic fighting was reported in Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile states. Aid workers have restricted movement due to the insecurity.

  • Humanitarian operations in Malakal, Upper Nile, were disrupted, following a dispute between youth in PoC 1 and 2, and those in the new PoC site.

  • About 35,000 people were displaced by heavy fighting in Khorfulus area, Jonglei State, and are sheltering in Ayod and New Fangak areas. Aid agencies are assessing the impact and required response.

  • Cluster prioritisation for the $20 million Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) was completed. Partners identified response in Bentiu, reinforcement of security in the field and protection activities as critical.

3.8 million People to be assisted by the end of the year
3.5 million People reached with humanitarian assistance *
1.91 million People displaced by conflict since December 2013
1.44 million People internally displaced

Situation overview

The general security situation remained relatively calm, except for sporadic fighting reported in the northern states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile. The situation in Bentiu remained tense. Displaced people continued to move in and out of the Bentiu PoC. Aid workers are on the ground and providing health, nutrition, water and sanitation services. Food remains a major gap. An inter-ethnic attack in the PoC on 4 November left two youth seriously injured. Protection partners are working with community leaders to educate the IDPs on the importance of maintaining the civilian character of the site and not to engage in activities that might portray them as a combatant target.
In Malakal, Upper Nile State, clashes between youth groups in PoC 1 and 2, and those in the new PoC, disrupted humanitarian operations in the area. A group of youth at the new site set-up illegal barricades to block the flow of assistance and access to the IDPs in PoC 1 and 2. Harassment and intimidation of aid workers remain a major concern. On 4 November, food belonging to aid agency staff was confiscated by youth at the main entrance of the PoC site. Partners initiated a joint response that included consultation with community leaders on the issue and with UNMISS on internal security.
Heavy fighting in Khorfulus areas of Canal/Pigi and Fangak counties, Jonglei State, resulted in the displacement of about 35,000 people to Ayod County and the New Fangak areas. Humanitarian flights to the area were suspended.
Separately, partners reported an increase in the number of people fleeing to the southern part of Jonglei, triggered by ongoing inter-communal conflicts in Awerial County, Lakes State. During the week, an average of 100 people fled.

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