Fighting Flares in South Sudan, Leaving 80 Dead, Combatants Say

Clashes between South Sudan’s army and rebels left at least 80 people dead over the past five days, both sides said, as civil war in the oil-rich country rages for a fourth year.

Fighters battled near the capital of the country’s southern Yei state on Monday with 41 rebels killed, deputy army spokesman Santo Domic said by phone. A spokesman for the insurgents, William Gatjiath Deng, claimed victory and said the more than 40 casualties were all government soldiers.

Both sides also said more than 40 of their opponents died during Jan. 5 fighting in Nasir town, in South Sudan’s northeast. There was no independent confirmation of the violence.

The conflict in South Sudan has claimed tens of thousands of lives and forced 3 million people from their homes since December 2013 in one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters.

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