(FILES) This picture taken on January 21, 2014 shows a family walking through a deserted street of Malakal. AFP PHOTO / CHARLES LOMODONG
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South Sudan's army said Wednesday that it had lost contact with its troops in the key oil hub of Malakal following a major offensive by rebels.The rebels have said they now control the northeastern town after launching an assault on Tuesday, throwing into doubt a ceasefire agreement signed in Ethiopia last month.The United Nations said 10 people had been killed on Tuesday in "inter-communal clashes" within a peacekeeping base in Malakal, where more that 20,000 people have been sheltering from the fighting.The unrest in South Sudan has left thousands of people dead and displaced 873,000 people, including tens of thousands who have crammed into UNMISS bases in fear of ethnic attacks by either President Salva Kiir's Dinka tribe or rebel leader Riek Machar's Nuer tribe.
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