Fighting flares in South Sudan flashpoint town, sanctions loom




 
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Fighting flares in South Sudan flashpoint town, sanctions loom
 
December 31st, 2013  
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Topic: Fighting flares in South Sudan flashpoint town, sanctions loom


Fighting flares in South Sudan flashpoint town, sanctions loom
By Carl Odera and Aaron Maasho JUBA (Reuters) - South Sudanese forces battled rebels on the outskirts of the strategically key town of Bor on Tuesday as a deadline set by east African nations for a ceasefire neared. The African Union threatened sanctions late on Monday against those inciting the violence and hampering international efforts to negotiate an end to the fighting, which risks drawing in other countries in eastern Africa. "We are fighting the rebels now," Mayor Nhial Majak Nhial told Reuters by phone from the edge of Bor, which lies 190 km (120 miles) to the north of the capital, Juba, by road. South Sudan's neighbors have given the warring sides until Tuesday to lay down their arms and begin talks - but there has been no sign of the hostilities ending.




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