Friday, March 29, 2013

Heavy Fighting Reporting In South Sudan

Map of South Sudan. Image from Safari Notes

S.Sudan Says 150 Killed In Battle With Rebels -- Reuters

* S. Sudan struggles to assert authority in vast area
* Rebellion started last year following election loss

(Reuters) - More than 150 people have been killed in a battle between South Sudan's army and insurgents in the eastern Jonglei state, officials said on Thursday.

The African country's army earlier this month launched an offensive against rebels led by David Yau Yau in Jonglei where the government hopes to search for oil with the help of France's Total.

Since winning independence from Sudan in July 2011, South Sudan has been struggling to impose its authority across vast swathes of territory bristling with weapons after decades of civil war with Khartoum.

Yau Yau mounted a rebellion last year, with support from his Murle ethnic group, after losing local elections in 2010.

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More News On Heavy Fighting Reported Between South Sudanese Troops And Rebels

South Sudan: Over 160 Killed As Army, Rebels Clash in S. Sudan --
South Sudan Clashes Over Airstrip Leave At Least 163 Killed -- Huffington Post/AP
143 Rebels Killed as South Sudan Captures Airstrip -- Voice of America
163 'killed' in clashes with rebels in South Sudan -- Africa Review
Juba Says Khartoum Complicit in Border Raids -- Voice of America

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