SPLA soldiers secure Bor airport, 200 km (124 miles) north of Juba, a day after its recapture by government SPLA forces January 19, 2014. REUTERS/George Philipas
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South Sudanese troops battled rebels Monday in a key oil town, the army said, as the U.N. warned soldiers had tried to forcefully enter a base sheltering thousands of civilians.Army spokesman Philip Aguer said the military was now pushing northwards against the rebels driven from Bor.The town, which has swapped hands four times in the conflict, was left devastated with corpses littering the streets and scores of buildings razed to the ground, according to an AFP reporter who visited the town on Sunday.Both rebels and the government have claimed in recent days to control the northeastern town, which has already changed hands twice and where rebels launched a new offensive last week.South Sudan erupted into conflict on December 15 in what Kiir called a coup attempt by Machar, whom he sacked in July.
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