South Sudan”s second city scorched by renewed fighting

MALAKAL, South Sudan — This used to be South Sudan"s second largest city, a bustling centre on the White Nile River of more than 120,000 people, many employed in the oil fields nearby.

Today Malakal is rubble and almost entirely deserted by civilians, a city emptied by three years of civil war and now by new rounds of fighting. Following clashes in the city"s outskirts last week, the army flew in journalists to show that the government retains control of the strategic city, even though rebels still vow to take it.

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