UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) said it has conducted 264 military and 61 police patrols in various parts of the country in the last 24 hours, a UN spokesman told reporters here Thursday.
"In Leer, in Unity State, the mission has received credible reports of fighting in the town, but it is not in a position to verify and confirm this independently at this point," Farhan Haq, acting UN deputy spokesman, said at a daily news briefing here.
"The mission continues to seek to verify reports of human rights violations, to collect evidence and document human rights abuses and violations of international humanitarian law in a number of places, including the capital, Juba, and in Bor in Jonglei State," he said.
Currently, 1,000 UN mission troops and police are protecting more than 10,000 civilians at its premises in Bor, he said.
Overall, 79,000 civilians are sheltered at eight bases throughout the country, he added.