More than 4,000 people are believed to have fled from South Sudan's border town of Kajo Keji in Equatoria region, following renewed violence in mid-January between the warring factions, officials said.

A local Commissioner of Kajo Keji, Luka Nyombe David told Xinhua by phone that people fleeing for safety across the Ugandan border.

"Generally they are afraid of insecurity due to the presence of rebels (SPLA-in Opposition) in the area," he revealed in an interview. "The situation is really very calm, but they are continuing to go (to Uganda)," he added.

According to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson in Uganda Charlie Yaxley, over 4,000 South Sudanese arrive on daily basis fleeing violence by armed groups attacking villages, burning down homes, looting, rape of women and girls.

South Sudan has been shattered by civil war that broke out in December 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of plotting a coup. Machar denied the accusation but then mobilized a rebel force.

A peace deal signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a transitional unity government in April, but was again devastated by fresh violence in July, 2016.

Tens of thousands of South Sudanese have been killed, with over 2 million displaced and another 4.6 million left severely food insecure, since December 2013.



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