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Fighting erupts in South Sudan flashpoint town as sanctions loom

Published on Dec 31, 2013 3:37 PM

JUBA (REUTERS) - South Sudanese forces fought rebels on the outskirts of the flashpoint town of Bor on Tuesday, its mayor said, as a deadline imposed by East African nations for an end to hostilities neared.

Two weeks of fighting have killed more than a thousand people in the world's youngest country, raising the spectre of civil war and unnerving oil markets.

The African Union threatened targeted sanctions late on Monday against those inciting the violence and hampering international efforts to negotiate an end to the fighting that risks drawing in the wider region.

"We are fighting the rebels now," Mayor Nhial Majak Nhial told Reuters by phone from the edge of Bor, which lies 190 km to the north of the capital, Juba, by road.

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