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Thousands flee homes as fighting continues in South Sudan

Thousands flee homes as fighting continues in South Sudan
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A week of fighting in South Sudan shows no signs of abating, threatening to drag the world’s newest country into a civil war.

The government’s deployed hundreds of troops to try and regain control of the flashpoint area of Jonglei.

The spiraling ethnic tensions have left hundreds dead across the country.

Many more people – around 35-thousand – have sought refuge in UN compounds in the capital Juba, Bor and Bentiu.

“The situation in Bor really over the last 24 hours has developed. There’s a considerable amount of tension and with that tension we see a build-up of people that have been dispersed from their towns and villages,” said Major Kevin Finlay Walls, UNMISS (United Nations Mission) Military Staff Officer.

As people continued to flee their homes on Saturday, three US aircraft came under fire from unidentified sources while trying to evacuate Americans.

South Sudan declared independence in 2011. A persistent dispute with Sudan over their border, oil and and security have added to the sense of crisis.

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