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UN agency cites refugee 'surge' from new South Sudan clashes

AP  |  Geneva 

The agency says 13,000 people have fled renewed fighting and violence in parts of in recent days, many into neighboring

The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees cites a "surge" of arrivals into Congo's province since clashes erupted Jan. 19 between the and a rebel group, Salvation Front.

UNHCR said Tuesday that thousands of people mostly women, children and the elderly arrived by foot over the weekend in northeastern Congolese villages near the border town of

Another 8,000 are reported to have been internally displaced near the town of Yei.

Last week, the U.N. for South Sudan, David Shearer, said fighting there had "diminished greatly" since a peace agreement was signed in September.

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First Published: Tue, February 12 2019. 20:25 IST