UN says 350,000 S. Sudan refugees to flee north

The UN office said that around 2,000 refugees from South Sudan have already crossed the Sudanese border.

UN says 350,000 S. Sudan refugees to flee north

World Bulletin / News Desk

The UN humanitarian office in Sudan on Tuesday predicted that 350,000 people will flee the raging fighting in South Sudan into neighboring Sudan.

In a statement, the office said that it has prepared a plan to receive around 350,000 refugees fleeing the conflict in South Sudan.

According to the office, locations have been prepared in the border states of White Nile, South Kordofan, Blue Nile and Sennar to house the expected refugee influx.

The UN office said that around 2,000 refugees from South Sudan have already crossed to Sudanese border areas.

On Monday, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said that his country is ready to receive South Sudanese fleeing the conflict in their state.

South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused his sacked vice president Riek Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against him.

A subsequent government crackdown landed many of Machar's supporters in jail, but he managed to flee to Jonglei State, a stronghold of his Nuer tribe.

In the fighting that has been raging ever since, more than 190,000 people have reportedly been displaced.

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