Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Death toll in South Sudan violence around 500, government says

December 18, 2013

Recent fighting in South Sudan has left about 500 people dead, the country’s government said Wednesday, warning that the toll could rise.

About 800 more people have been wounded in the violence, Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth told CNN. He said some bodies are still being found in forests and many of those who were wounded are dying in hospitals.

Deadly clashes in Africa’s newest nation began Sunday evening. President Salva Kiir later said his forces had halted a coup attempt.

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