South Sudan loses oil town Bentiu to rebels

April 17, 2014 - 4:43:00 am

JUBA: South Sudan’s army said yesterday rebels had wrested control of the key oil town of Bentiu, one of the most bitterly contested regions in the four-month-long conflict. The town is the first major settlement to have been retaken in a renewed offensive by forces of rebel leader Riek Machar. 

“We are moving forward to retake the town from the forces of Riek Machar, who entered the town on Tuesday after our forces withdrew,” army spokesman Philip Aguer said, accusing the rebels of “committing atrocities.” “The rebels were killing innocent people as they entered, there were killings at the hospital, in the market and mosque,” Aguer added, although the reports could not be independently confirmed.

AFP

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