At least 300 people, including three aid workers, have been killed in a fresh wave of inter-communal fighting in South Sudan’s Jonglei state.
According to the government, hundreds of people were wounded with several homes destroyed in the violence which broke out between the Murle and Lou Nuer ethnic communities on Saturday.
Health workers say many of the victims have gunshot wounds. Some of the injured have been airlifted to the capital, Juba, for treatment.
One of the aid workers killed was a Doctors Without Borders (MSF) staff member.
The UN mission to South Sudan said it had not independently verified the death toll, saying, “it is difficult to verify the number of casualties given conflicting reports and claims”.
South Sudan is emerging from a brutal six-year civil war that left 380,000 dead and millions displaced.
A peace agreement was reached in February by President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, who formed a government of national unity. But outbreaks of inter-ethnic fighting have continued, threatening the fragile treaty.