Fears are growing of an all-out ethnic civil war in South Sudan.
Forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar have seized the main town of a key oil producing region and there are reports of summary executions in other opposition held areas.
South Sudan’s Foreign Minister:Barnaba Marial says government troops are searching for Machar.
“Riek (Machar) managed to escape, used his boat along the Nile and ended up in his village of Adok and went into Bentiu where the night before he attacked government institutions in Bentiu town,” he said.
Bentiu and Bor may have fallen but President Salva Kiir says he still controls the country’s crucial oil fields.
But that is of little comfort to the 60,000 or more people who have fled their homes amid the escalating violence. The UN is providing shelter and assistance to as many as possible.
Clashes broke out between troops loyal to President Kiir and others backing his former deputy last week. Both men come from opposing ethnic groups and have long been political rivals.