Rebel forces in South Sudan on Tuesday launched a major assault against the key oil-hub of Malakal, witnesses and officials said, as a ceasefire agreement with the government appeared to be in tatters.
File picture shows South Sudanese People's Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers on patrol in Malakal January 21,2014
Aid sources said small arms fire could be heard inside the town after a dawn artillery battle outside the government-held capital of Upper Nile state. The government admitted that the rebels controlled some parts of the town.
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