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Hundreds die as Nile ferry sinks in South Sudan

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Hundreds die as Nile ferry sinks in South Sudan

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More than 200 people have drowned in a ferry accident on the River Nile in South Sudan. The victims, who reportedly included women and children, were thought to be fleeing the conflict in Malakal, in the north east.

Malakal is situated on the banks of the White Nile. Rebels say they have captured the city, but this has not yet been independently confirmed.

According to the UN, more than 350,000 people have been displaced by fighting between the South Sudanese government and rebel forces.

Discussions aimed at securing a ceasefire in the country are currently underway in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.