Government forces loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir patrol on February 5, 2014 the area near Mingkaman to prevent attacks by rebel forces. AFP PHOTO / FABIO BUCCIARELLI
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Rebels fighting government troops in South Sudan said Thursday that 700 men from the government side have defected with all their equipment and were heading to join the rebels.In a separate incident Wednesday government forces and allied militia attacked rebel defensive positions in the northern part of Jonglei state, close to the border with Upper Nile, Koang said.He said the rebel forces repulsed the attack, killing 60 government soldiers in the process. It quickly spread throughout the country as the rebels, under the nominal command of Machar, joined forces with ethnic militia.
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