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news - Update: South Sudan Blames Northern Army for Violence

october 5th, 2009

"South Sudan's president has blamed the military in the north for a major escalation in violence in his semi-autonomous region emerging from decades of civil war, a southern official said on Monday.

Long-standing tribal tensions in the south over cattle raids have escalated into more organised attacks on villages which the United Nations estimates have killed 1,200 people this year.

The latest violence in the marshy Jonglei state has killed at least 23 more in the past three days."

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