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Thousands flee as rebels close in on South Sudan town

Published on Dec 31, 2013 11:47 AM

JUBA (AFP) - Thousands have fled the flashpoint town of Bor in South Sudan fearing an impending attack by rebel forces, as hopes faded that a Tuesday deadline for peace talks would be met in the strife-torn nation.

A feared ethnic militia known as the "White Army" was reportedly marching on Bor, raising the spectre of further bloodshed as the international community scrambled to broker a truce after two weeks of fighting in the world's youngest nation.

Washington warned of a "very complicated, tenuous situation" as it toiled to get rivals President Salva Kiir and sacked vice president Riek Machar to the negotiating table.

A deadline for face-to-face talks between the two, set by regional leaders, seemed unlikely to be met Tuesday.

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