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South Sudan Army’s Land-Mine Use Escalates War, Monitors Say

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South Sudan’s army is laying land mines in its battle against rebels, disregarding an international ban and signaling an “alarming escalation” of the 15-month-old war, a conflict monitoring group said.

A South Sudanese government representative on March 12 said that anti-personnel mines had been deployed around Nasir town in oil-rich Upper Nile state, the monitors from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a bloc of seven East African nations, said in a report. IGAD urged government forces to remove the alleged new mines and take action against the officers responsible.