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Around 100 Royal Engineers from Britain are conducting a series of engineering tasks in support of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) as they prepare for the deployment of up to 400 further troops.

Work is focused on the UN camps at Malakal and Bentiu but will shortly move to the latter camp, where a temporary field hospital will be established, to be followed by a permanent one, to support over 1,000 UN peacekeepers and staff.

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning visited the troops on 2 April, emphasising the importance the government places on supporting UN missions and stability in the region. Whitehall has committed life-saving support to tackle the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan and recently announced that £100 million will be spent on life-saving support in South Sudan in 2017/18.

 

Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning visiting British troops in South Sudan on 2 April. (Photo: Crown copyright)

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