South Sudanese youths match to attend Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby's visit to Mirieyi refugees settlement camp in Adjumani district, Uganda August 2, 2017. REUTERS/James Akena
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South Sudan government forces said Monday they had seized the rebel stronghold of Pagak near the Ethiopian border, after weeks of heavy fighting that forced thousands to flee the region.Military spokesman Dickson Gatluak said rebel forces loyal to exiled former Deputy President Riek Machar withdrew from the town Sunday "without a fight". Independent South Sudan analyst Alan Boswell said Pagak had been crucial to Machar's rebellion in a conflict that largely pitted his ethnic Nuer against Kiir's Dinka.The U.N. said Monday it was investigating reports that 25 people had been killed in South Sudan's central Gok state in clashes between two tribal factions.
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