A soldier from Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition drinks tea in a hut in Leer, Unity State July 17, 2014. (REUTERS/Andreea Campeanu)
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South Sudan rebels and government troops battled Monday over the strategic town of Nasir, the United Nations said, with rebels launching their largest offensive since an oft-broken May truce.Heavy shooting continued for a second day with fighting continuing in the northern town and rebel forces apparently in "firm control" of the center, U.N. spokesman Joe Contreras said.The United Nations said that fighting was going on, with the heaviest clashes Monday reported around the government army barracks, just west of the town.U.N. peacekeepers remain in control of their base, where more than two dozen civilians are sheltering inside.
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