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The opposition announces the detention of 7 aid workers in southern Sudan

The armed opposition in southern Sudan, led by Riek Machar, announced on Wednesday that it was holding seven local aid workers kidnapped by the end of March from the southern region of Lanya after receiving reports of “spying” for the government.

“They were arrested after being confirmed that they were spying for the government and will not be released until the investigations are completed,” said deputy military spokesman for the armed opposition Lam Foul Qabrial. “The seven aid workers were in our possession, along with the three vehicles they were carrying.”

“They were used by the government and we found that some of them were following the security services in Juba,” he said, noting that the Southern Sudan Health Association had not notified them of a team visit to the area.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in southern Sudan, Eliane Nwandiho, called for the release of seven aid workers working for the organization.

“They were detained by unidentified gunmen on March 25 while they were on their way to provide medical aid to those affected in the province of Lanya.”

According to the latest UN statistics, some 98 aid workers and workers have been killed in various parts of southern Sudan since clashes broke out between the government and the opposition in December 2013.

Source: Agencies

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