Fighting continues in South Sudan amid peace talks

As peace talks between South Sudan government and rebel representatives continue in Ethiopia, fighting intensifies in the fledgling African country which gained independence from Khartoum in 2011.

Reports say the fighting has displaced 400, 000 people while close to 10,000 people have been killed.

Also, government troops are closing in on rebels in Bor, the last stronghold of the rebels. However, the rebels’ “bastion” has not fallen. A government military commander said, “Bor is still in the hands of the rebels but our forces are still moving towards it”.

AFP report says that Bor is situated some 200 kilometers (125 miles) north of Juba and capital of the restive Jonglei State. It has already changed hands three times since fighting broke out in the country one month ago.

Although not surprising, government troops are scoring some victories as they have recaptured the key north oil city of Bentiu. Nevertheless, the fighting is far from over as they still struggle with rebels near the capital, Juba.

Nothing substantial has come out of the peace talks.

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