Simonovic said the conflict in South Sudan has turned into a horrifying human rights disaster, with tens of thousands displaced.
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Battles between government troops and rebels raged Friday in South Sudan, as the U.N. said child soldiers had joined the more than monthlong conflict with atrocities committed on both sides.Up to 10,000 people are believed to have been killed so far in the fighting pitting forces loyal to Kiir against a loose coalition of army defectors and ethnic militia nominally headed by Machar, a seasoned guerrilla fighter.Simonovic said there were reports of "quite a number of child soldiers" in a militia force known as the "White Army" that has rampaged across the eastern state of Jonglei, fighting alongside mutinous soldiers loyal to Machar.Rebels staged an assault Monday to seize back Malakal – which has switched hands twice – but both the government and rebels insist they are in control.The United Nations is sheltering some 22,000 civilians in its cramped base, reporting tank battles and heavy street fighting in the hours after the rebels launched their attack.
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