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Operational Context
The South Sudan’s conflict entered its ninth month with opposition and government troops continuing to engage in battles in Bentiu (Unity State) and Ayod Counties (Jonglei States). The security situation in Bentiu deteriorated sharply, with clashes breaking out in areas surrounding the city. Humanitarian flights were suspended but have now resumed. Tensions remained high within the Protection of Civilians (PoCs) site over poor living conditions and fears of attack. Humanitarian organizations were working closely with community leaders to mitigate tension. In Malakal, Upper Nile State, troop movements were reported with potential clashes feared.

In Lakes State, the security situation remained calm but tense. There was a reported increase in criminality, revenge attacks, gender-based-violence, and cattle raids throughout the state. Poor road accessibility (45 per cent of roads are inaccessible to trucks) has contributed to sharply increasing food prices.

Heavy rains and flooding continued to cause damage and hinder assistance to IDPs in Bentiu, Bor, Mingkaman, and Nimule. Over 40,500 Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) occupy the UN Protection of Civilians site in Bentiu. The area has been flooded by rains over the past days and now the majority of the IDPs are forced to live in the flooded area as it is the only place they feel safe. As of 25 August, the estimated number of civilians seeking safety in ten Protection of Civilians (PoC) sites located on UNMISS bases is 102,470 including 32,582 in Juba (Tomping and UN House), 17,119 in Malakal, 4,123 in Bor, 46,872 in Bentiu, 563 in Wau, 1,174 in Melut, 26 in Nasser, and 11 in Rumbek.

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