A South Sudanese woman displaced by the fighting uses her phone as she leans against a barbed wire in a camp for displaced persons in the UNMISS compound in Tongping in Juba February 19, 2014. (REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu)
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The capital of South Sudan's main oil-producing region was divided between the army and rebels Thursday after the worst fighting since a January cease-fire stoked jitters in global oil markets.The Juba government said it remained committed to peace talks but that it had to react after rebels allied to former Vice President Riek Machar Tuesday attacked Malakal, which lies on the edge of Upper Nile state's oil fields.Upper Nile is the only state pumping oil after production in neighboring Unity state was halted earlier in the conflict, a suspension which had already forced the government to cut output by about a fifth to around 200,000 bpd.The petroleum official told Reuters 167,367 barrels were pumped Monday and 168,403 Tuesday, the day rebels struck Malakal.
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