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South Sudan Says Staff Back at Oil Fields After Fighting

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Staff at South Sudan’s largest oil hub are returning to work after fighting between the army and rebel forces prompted a group of them to temporarily evacuate, the East African country’s government said.

Some workers were removed from the Paloch fields in Upper Nile state as a precautionary measure on Wednesday, an oil ministry official, who asked not to be identified in line with policy, said by phone from the national capital, Juba. Rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar said earlier this week that the fighters took control of the state’s oil facilities, a claim denied by the government.