Ghanaian Peacekeepers Praised By UN For Foiling Attack In South Sudan

"We are relieved to learn that Alex, a World Food Programme aid worker detained by the Government of South Sudan since April 10, has finally been released and reunited with his family", Nikki Haley, the United States ambassador to the United Nations said. There were no reported injuries.

In a statement issued on Thursday, Zeid urged the government of South Sudan "a halt to any further military attacks on the Abruk area on the West Bank of the Nile in the Upper Nile region, where there are now between 35 and 50,000 people, a lot of them arrived in recent weeks".

The members of the Security Council strongly condemned the attack against the United Nations Mission in the Republic of South Sudan (UNMISS) on 3 May in Leer, South Sudan.

Government officials were not immediately available for a comment.

The area has always been riven by fighting between forces loyal to President Salwa Kiir and those who support his former deputy Riek Machar.

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"UNMISS is protecting our civilians in government areas while we protect the ones in the liberated areas".

Mr Shearer in a statement issued and signed by the UNMISS deputy spokesperson Shantal Persaud lauded the quick response of the Ghanaian forces for successfully repelling the attack and remaining on high alert throughout the night.

The U.N human rights chief had earlier, also appealed to the Government of South Sudan to halt any further military offensives towards Aburoc in the Upper Nile region.

"Civilians in Aburoc are at serious and imminent risk of gross human rights violations, inter-ethnic violence and re-displacement", Zeid said in a statement.

Last week, she said 83 humanitarian workers had been killed since the outbreak of civil war in December 2013. The fighting has forced more than 3 million people to flee their homes and plunged parts of the country into starvation, creating Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

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