Fresh Fighting Erupts in South Sudan, over 50 Killed in Clash near Malakal

Fresh fighting has been report in South Sudan between government forces and opposition loyal forces near the northern town of Marakal with at least 56 being killed according to military spokesman.

Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, Sudan People's Liberation Army spokesman told media outlets that fresh fighting erupted late Friday with fighters loyal to  the former  Vice President Riek Machar attacking two government bases near Malakal.

According to Koang 56 rebel fighters were killed and dozens of weapons seized, without giving causalities from the government side.

"They attacked us on the western side of the Nile. Over 56 rebels were killed," Koang said.

Corresponding report by a local commander Butrus Bol Bol confirmed to the media in Malakal that the rebels attacked their bases at Worjok and Alelo, West of the River Nile late Friday.

Koang noted that the rebel forces have intensified attacks on government units adding in the past week, the army registered eight attacks from the rebels.

He further said another 62 were killed across South Sudan in similar clashes last week.

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