Humanitarian fears grow amid South Sudan violence

JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — The World Health Organization is warning of a looming risk of disease outbreaks in South Sudan, where violence has displaced more than 190,000 people since mid-December.

WHO said in a statement received Wednesday that there was a shortage of health care workers, with many fleeing their homes for safety in areas hit by violence.

Although the warring factions said Tuesday they were ready to start peace talks mediated by Ethiopia, fighting persists in Jonglei, the country's largest state.

Foreign Minister Barnaba Marial Benjamin said Wednesday that a government delegation would arrive in Ethiopia later Wednesday for peace talks.

South Sudan's government insists unrest across the country started when forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, who now commands renegade forces, mounted a failed coup attempt on Dec. 15.

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