S. Sudan rebel loose stronghold to government forces

Riek Machar ex-South Sudan V.P
Former South Sudanese Vice President and now rebel leader Riek Machar

Rebels in South Sudan say government troops have captured their main stronghold of Pagak, near the Ethiopian border.

Thousands of civilians have fled the area and aid workers have evacuated.

The loss of Pagak represents a major blow to the rebels, whose leader Riek Machar says he is under house arrest in South Africa.

A quarter of South Sudan’s population has been displaced by the conflict which began in 2013, just two years after the country became independent.

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