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South Sudan clashes with armed rebels near Wau, 43 killed

By on June 28, 2016

At least 43 people were killed in fighting between armed groups and government forces around the northwest SouthSudanese town of Wau last week, a government official said on Tuesday.

Thousands fled the clashes in the world’s newest country, still hit by violence almost five years after securing its independence from former civil war foe Sudan, and months after a peace deal with rebels inside its own borders.

Government forces had battled fighters loyal to Ali Tamin Fatan, a militia leader trying to control territory further west near the border with Central African Republic, government spokesman Makuei Lueth told reporters.

“So far up to this morning the report which I got is that there are 39 (civilian) bodies and another four belong to police,” Lueth said. Numbers could rise, he added, as there were currently no casualty figures from the army.

South Sudan said Fatan is trying to establish an Islamic caliphate along the border between South Sudan and the Central African Republic. Juba also accuses Sudan of backing Fatan’s group, a charge that Khartoum regularly denies.

The Un stated late on Monday that around 12,000 people had searched for refuge inside a cordoned-off area surrounding its base in Wau.

The latest country, still hit by violence almost 5 years after acquiring its independence from former civil war foe Sudan, and several weeks following a peace cope with rebels inside its very own edges.

Impoverished South Sudan has been plagued by fighting between a range of armed groups, often along ethnic lines, vying for control over grazing land and oil reserves.

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