Death toll from South Sudan fighting climbs to 272: government source

Journalists are seen on the podium following sounds of gun shots before a news conference in JubaBy Denis Dumo JUBA (Reuters) – At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan's rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians, a government source said on Sunday, as heavy gunfire erupted again in parts the city. The fighting broke out on Thursday and Friday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers who support vice president Riek Machar. The violence has raised fears South Sudan could face more instability after emerging from a two-year civil war, which began in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president.

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