People with their luggage gather outside the gate seeking shelter in the WFP compound in Juba. (Sinisa Marolt /WFP via AP)
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Fighting in South Sudan's capital has forced up to 15,000 people to flee, some of them ordered out of their neighborhoods by soldiers, as others were trapped in their homes facing a shortage of food and water, aid agencies said Monday.The U.N. mission UNMISS said 7,000 people had fled to its two bases in Juba, already home to almost 30,000 people who fled a previous cycle of violence.Another 3,000 people were sheltering in the WFP compound and 3,000 more had taken refuge in one of the city's churches, McDonough told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.One shell hit a maternity ward in the U.N. base in the Jebel area of Juba run by the International Medical Corps (IMC), forcing staff to carry critical patients to another medical centre on the base, the charity said.Almost half of South Sudan's 11 million people are short of food, with farming disrupted by fighting, inflation at nearly 300 percent and imported food often unaffordable.
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