The number of humanitarian access incidents reported in December (77) was lower than in November (100), but remained above the average number of monthly incidents (75.6) reported in 2016. About 61 per cent of the reported incidents involved violence against humanitarian personnel or assets, while 27 per cent involved interference in implementation, the highest percentage in the year. The number of incidents in Unity substantially increased, with 15 reported in December compared to six in November. Increased access incidents were also reported in Eastern Equatoria (four in December compared to one in November) and Western Equatoria (eight in December compared to five in November).
Impact on Humanitarian Response
In December, two senior aid workers – including the Country Director of the Norwegian Refugee Council - were deported from South Sudan, bringing the number of aid workers declared persona non grata, expelled or deported in November and December to four. During the month, there were reports of aid workers being denied access to areas outside of Wau and Mundri towns. Active hostilities and violence against personnel continued to impact humanitarian operations, with more than 116 aid workers relocated from Central Equatoria, Upper Nile and Unity, including: 85 aid workers relocated due to fighting between refugees and the host community in Doro camp, Maban County, Upper Nile; 28 aid workers relocated from Ganyeil, Panyijiar County, Unity due to increasing tensions; and aid workers relocated from Tindalo area to Terekeka town in Central Equatoria due to armed clashes. During the fighting in Doro refugee camp, humanitarian compounds and facilities including health clinics and schools were vandalized and looted. Two schools were reportedly occupied by armed forces during the month.
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