South Sudan rebels seize oil wells as mediators seek talks




 
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South Sudan rebels seize oil wells as mediators seek talks
 
December 26th, 2013  
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South Sudan rebels seize oil wells as mediators seek talks
By Carl Odera and Aaron Maasho JUBA (Reuters) - Rebels in South Sudan have seized some oil wells and may damage them, the petroleum ministry said, as African leaders met President Salva Kiir to try to mediate an end to nearly two weeks of fighting in the world's newest state. Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn spoke with Kiir in the capital Juba amid fears that violence in South Sudan could mount and plunge the country into an ethnic-based civil war. It was not clear whether the delegation also met the rebel leader, former vice president Riek Machar. Petroleum Minister Stephen Dhieu Dau said rebels loyal to Machar, who was sacked by Kiir in July, have captured oil wells in Unity state, where production was shut down earlier this week due to fighting.




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