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South Sudan; more than 56 dead during protests and clashes

South Sudan; more than 56 dead during protests and clashes

South Sudan; At least 56 people have been killed during the clashes and violence between the rables and government forces.

South Sudan is going through a verse disaster of the history as the forces and rebels who are loyal to vice president and government officials are fighting each other. Thousands of people have been lost their lives and tens of thousands have lost their homes.

Forces of government is blaming rebels loyal to former Vice-President Riek Machar for clashes in the second city, Malakal, which left 56 rebels dead, the news agency reports.

Four government soldiers were also killed in the fighting over the weekend,  it quotes army spokesman Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang as saying.

Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir invited journalists to the region on Sunday to show they were in control of the area, and an AFP photographer reported seeing up to 40 bodies in the places he could access.

South Sudan, which gained independence in July 2011,  descended into war just two and a half years later when Kiir in December 2013 accused his former deputy and political rival Machar of plotting a coup.

In June forces loyal to Mr Machar clashed with Mr Kiir’s leaving hundreds dead and thousands displaced.

Mr Kiir fled the capital Juba with some of his troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo, from where he flew to Sudan. He is currently in South Africa.

 

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