Thousands displaced by Abyei clashes

At least 15,000 people have fled the southern Sudanese town of Abyei after clashes in the disputed border area, the United Nations has said.

"We have a rough estimate of 15,000 people displaced in and around Agok [in South Sudan]," Elisabeth Byrs, a spokeswoman for the UN Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs said on Tuesday. Earlier gunmen were reportedly looting properties, days after troops from the government in Khartoum entered the area, while the town of Abyei was set ablaze.