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UN chief asks for more peacekeepers in South Sudan amid growing violence

Updated: 2013-12-24 AM 6:27:38 (KST)
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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked the UN Security Council to increase the number of peacekeepers in South Sudan to better protect civilians from the worsening violence there.
Reports say the 15-member council is likely to adopt a resolution approving about 5-thousand more troops and police for the UN peacekeeping mission.
There are currently about 7-thousand peacekeeping troops in South Sudan, including Korea's Hanbit unit consisting of some 2-hundred-80 engineers and medics.
Violence is escalating between rebel forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar and the South Sudan government.
The UN says some 45-thousand civilians are currently seeking protection at UN bases in South Sudan.

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