The UN says more than 200 children have been released by armed groups in civil war-torn South Sudan.

UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq told reporters on Friday that a release ceremony was the third this year, bringing the total number of children released so far this year to 806.

Haq said “additional releases are expected in the coming months that could result in more than 1 000 children being freed.”

The 210 children released included three girls and largely came from the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition, with eight associated with the National Salvation Front.

During Thursday’s release ceremony, he said, the children were formally disarmed and given civilian clothes.

Once reunited, Haq said, the children and their families will be provided with three months’ worth of food, vocational training and education.

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