The United Nations Security Council Thursday renewed, until 1 June, its sanctions regime imposed last year against those blocking peace in the war-torn country, including a travel ban and a freeze on their assets.
The 15-member body, which unanimously adopted a new resolution, also extended until 1 July, the mandate of the Panel of Experts overseeing the sanctions, with the intention of reviewing it and deciding, not later than 15 April, whether to renew it further.
55,000 South Sudanese people have arrived to Sudan’s East Darfur, South Darfur and West Kordofan states since January to escape hunger, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) said in its weekly humanitarian bulletin. OCHA said 43,000 South Sudanese refugees arrived in East Darfur state and 3,800 arrived in South Darfur state, while 8,400 arrived in West Kordofan state.
The UN office pointed out that new arrivals of South Sudanese refugees is due to shortages of food in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, and Warrap states as a result of the conflict in the country.