130 rebels killed in fresh South Sudan fighting
17 March 2015, 18:37
Juba - A South Sudanese military official says government troops have killed up to 130 rebels in the latest fighting following the collapse of peace talks between President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar.
Military spokesman Brig. Philip Aguer told The Associated Press Tuesday that government troops and rebel forces engaged in serious fighting in the oil-producing Upper Nile state on Monday. He said 14 government soldiers were also killed in fighting in Manyo County.
He said after the rebels were dislodged from their positions, some fled toward Sudanese territory. It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the rebels.
South Sudan has seen violence since 2013, when government troops in the capital, Juba, splintered and fought along ethnic lines.
Peace talks have failed despite international pressure.
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