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Rebels were aided by foreign mercenaries in Unity state capital, says South Sudan army

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) says it is preparing to launch a major offensive to retake Bentiu, the capital of the oil producing Unity state, calling on foreign mercenaries supporting rebel forces in the area to immediately withdraw.

The comments came following official confirmation that rebel fighters allied to former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar had seized control of the strategic town close to the Sudanese border.

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US pledges ongoing support for humanitarian efforts in S. Sudan

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Sudan Tribune

April 16, 14(BOR) – The US government’s humanitarian agency USAID has pledged to continue support for hundreds of thousands of people in critical need due to the ongoing crisis in South Sudan crisis.

Speaking to the media in Jonglei capital Bor on Wednesday, USAID’s director of foreign disaster assistance, Jeremy Konyndyk, said his government had provided substantial assistance to South Sudanese people since a political power struggle between president Salva Kir and his former deputy, Riek Machar, erupted in violence in mid-December last year.

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Over 40 dead in Lakes state inter-clan clashes

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Sudan Tribune

April 14, 2014 (RUMBEK) – More than 40 people were killed and dozens injured after inter-clan clashes occurred in South Sudan’s Lakes state’s Rumbek East county on Friday, an official disclosed.

A police officer, who preferred anonymity, said two separate clashes had occurred at Karic payam between Durbaar and Durceek clans.

“The clashes between Durbaar and Durceek left 20 people confirmed dead [from] both sides,” said the officer.

The Durceek clan, he added, lost seven people while fourteen died from Durbaar’s side.

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Rebels say they have recaptured Unity state’s Bentiu from South Sudan army

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Sudan Tribune

April 15, 2014 (KAMPALA) – South Sudanese rebels say they have seized control of Unity state capital Bentiu following heavy clashes with government forces loyal to president Salva Kiir.

The spokesperson for rebel leader Riek Machar, James Gatdet Dak, said while he had been unable to reach Machar directly, he had confirmed the capture of the key oil-rich town from other sources on the ground, including rebel military spokesperson Lt. Col. Peter Riek Gew and eyewitnesses inside the UN base in Bentiu.

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Sudanese government and SPLM-N rebels to resume talks next week

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Sudan Tribune

April 13, 2014 (KHARTOUM) - The Sudan people’s Liberation Movement –North (SPLM-N) announced the reception of an invitation from the African mediation to resume peace talks with the Sudanese government next week to end the nearly three year conflict in South Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

The spokesperson of the SPLM-N negotiating team, Mubarak Aradol, said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune on Sunday they received an invitation from African Union High Level Implementation Panel (AUHIP) to resume talks on 22 April.