The UN Security Council has renewed an arms embargo and sanctions imposed on South Sudan for an additional year, including asset freezes and travel bans on some individuals.
The council voted on Tuesday with 10 votes in favour and five members abstaining.
It directed all UN member states to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms to South Sudan.
The arms embargo was extended until May next year, with the council expressing concern over “the continued intensification of violence prolonging the political, security, economic, and humanitarian crisis in most parts of the country”.
The countries that abstained were China, Russia, Ghana, Gabon and Mozambique.
Ambassador Akuei Bona Malwal from South Sudan protested against the vote, saying “it was done in bad faith, and ill intention”.
Despite a peace accord signed in 2018, violence continues and as of April of this year 2.3 million people in South Sudan were classified as internally displaced.