People unload the few belongings on January 9, 2014 at Minkammen, South Sudan that they were able to bring with them to the camps. AFP PHOTO/Nichole SOBECKI
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South Sudanese troops on Friday recaptured the key northern oil city of Bentiu from rebel forces, officials said, following days of fierce fighting that has forced tens of thousands to flee the area.The United Nations has said that "very substantially in excess" of 1,000 people have already been killed in the fighting, and that nearly a quarter of a million people have fled their homes -- many of them fleeing a wave of ethnic violence.Fighting began on December 15, when President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup, and rapidly spread with government units divided along ethnic lines and local militia forces siding with the rebels.An estimated 60,000 people have sought UN protection from the ethnic violence, forcing the Security Council to approve an extra 5,500 peacekeepers who are only slowly arriving.
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