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Rebels, govt both claim control of S. Sudan oil town

Updated: 2013-12-28 08:14
By Agencies in Juba, South Sudan ( China Daily)

South Sudanese rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar said on Friday they have captured the key oil town of Malakal from government forces after three days of fierce fighting, as African leaders held talks to try to avert a civil war.

Meanwhile, the government claimed to be in full control of the town, which is the capital of Upper Nile State in the northeast and one of South Sudan's main oil-producing areas.

"The whole of Malakal is under the control of our forces. It was cleared yesterday evening," said Moses Ruai Lat, spokesman for the Unity State Military Interim Government, which comprises the rebels loyal to Machar and opposed to President Salva Kiir.

Rebels, govt both claim control of S. Sudan oil town

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