South Sudan rebels launch major attack on key oil town Malakal: Witnesses

JUBA (AFP) - Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault early Tuesday against the key town of Malakal, the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, witnesses said.

"The fighting is very heavy. There is fighting on the outskirts of the town. It's a very big, coordinated attack," an independent source said.

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