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6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

6 aid workers killed in South Sudan

"Food deprivation is an extremely effective government tool to weaken, depopulate, and demoralize opposition areas".

"The latest attack occurred in areas controlled by the South Sudan government", Mr Shearer added.

According to the Unites Nations' report at least six aid workers died during South Sudan ambush.

"The humanitarian workers were travelling in a auto that was clearly marked as belonging to a non-governmental organisation, including NGO number plates".

"We're not enemies", said Kori. "It is unacceptable that those trying to alleviate the suffering. are attacked for what they do".

It was the highest number of aid workers killed in a single incident since the country's civil war began in December 2013, a United Nations statement said. "I implore all those in positions of power to step up to their responsibilities and stop this, as they are ultimately accountable for what happens under their watch", said Owusu, in a statement.

The ambush -which represents the highest number of aid workers killed in a single incident since the conflict began- comes after two other grave attacks on aid workers this month.

"The Government needs to investigate and apprehend the offenders".

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The petitioners moved a writ petition in the high court in 2015 and the court had sought reply from the respondents, Sinha said. This has reportedly created the scarcity of meat in the state leading to the shutting down of many meat selling shops.

The African Union also strongly condemned the attack.

"The area where this barbaric incident took place is under the control of [the] Juba regime and its militias", the spokesman, Paul Gabriel Lam, was reported by the Paris-based Sudan Tribune as saying.

Government sources said President Kiir will make the announcement this week though there are sceptics that the various armed groups will adhere to such declaration.

Grieving families gathered Monday outside the morgue in Juba to collect and bury their dead.

"Our security agents are working to determine what actually happened before we can issue a statement on the matter", he said. However, she said the humanitarian agencies always face difficulties when they reach at the states level. "They're not soldiers, they have no guns".

"South Sudan's government usually declares cease-fires as a public relations gimmick or while under extreme external pressure to do so", said Alan Boswell, a researcher on South Sudan.

The rainy season makes access much harder for aid agencies and brings greater risk that malnourished people, already vulnerable to illness, will catch water-borne diseases.

The conflict has taken a devastating toll on the people of South Sudan where an estimated 7.5 million people are in need of relief and protection, and the humanitarian crisis has deepened further with localized starvation declared in parts of the country.