Over 200 South Sudan civilians drown in ferry accident

Displaced South Sudanese women walk towards the United Nations Mission in South Sudan base in Malakal on January 12, 2014At least 200 South Sudanese civilians have drowned in a ferry accident on the White Nile river while fleeing fresh fighting in the city of Malakal, an army spokesman said Tuesday. The boat was overloaded," army spokesman Philip Aguer told AFP. Battles raged in several sites in South Sudan Tuesday. Heavy fighting was reported in Malakal, state capital of oil-producing Upper Nile state, as rebel forces staged a fresh attack to seize the town, which has already changed hands twice since the conflict in South Sudan began on December 15.

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