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South Sudan declares emergency in two states: govt Twitter account

  • A United Nations armored vehicle passes displaced people walking towards the U.N. camp where they have sought shelter in Malakal, South Sudan, Monday, Dec. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

NAIROBI: South Sudanese President Salva Kiir declared a state of emergency in two states on Wednesday, the government said on its official Twitter account.

"President Kiir has declared a state of emergency for Unity and Jonglei states #SouthSudan," the statement on the @RepSouthSudan Twitter handle said.

The two regions have been the focus of fighting against rebel forces loyal to the former vice president that has killed more that 1,000 people.

 
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