34,000 people seeking refuge from South Sudan violence: UN

Juba: The U.N. says 34,000 people in South Sudan are seeking refuge at U.N. bases in three locations across the country.

The U.N.'s humanitarian arm said Friday that 20,000 people are seeking shelter in the capital, Juba, while 14,000 are seeking shelter in Bor, the capital of Jonglei state, the scene of heavy violence this week. Several hundred people are seeking shelter in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State, where South Sudan's oil fields are concentrated.

 34,000 people seeking refuge from South Sudan violence: UN

Civilians rest inside the United Nations compound on the outskirts of the capital Juba in South Sudan. AP

The U.S. Embassy was flying out a fifth emergency evacuation flight on Friday. A German plane was also scheduled to fly out.

Violence broke out among South Sudan's presidential guard late Sunday night. Fighting spread across the country over the next several days, leading to fears of a civil war between ethnic groups.

AP

Updated Date: Dec 20, 2013 15:58:30 IST