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JUBA - 10 Nov 2017

Kiir extends state of emergency in parts of Bahr al Ghazal region

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir on Thursday night issued a decree approving a 90-day extension of the state of emergency in parts of Bahr al Ghazal region.

The decree did not cite any reason for the extension of the three-month-old state of emergency imposed in July on Gogrial, Tonj, Wau and Aweil East states. But there have been reports of new waves of revenge killings and cattle rustling in those areas.

In another decree, Kiir ordered free movement of humanitarian organizations across South Sudan after reports that aid workers were being restricted from accessing vulnerable people who are in dire need of aid assistance in the country.

Kiir’s decree said all roadblocks must be cleared immediately.

The order also warned that anybody who hinders the delivery of aid assistance or imposes taxes on humanitarian convoys will be held accountable.