By Okech Francis and Nizar Manek, 12 February 2018
South Sudanese rebels and government forces clashed around a town in the oil-producing northeast, each side blaming the other for the violence that may complicate regional efforts to end a four-year civil war.
The army took full control of Nasir town on Monday after insurgents retreated, rebel official Mabior Garang Mabior said by phone. He accused the government of launching an “all-out attack” to crush the opposition and undermine peace talks currently underway in neighboring Ethiopia. Mabior’s delegation, which represents the largest rebel group, walked out of Monday morning’s negotiations in protest, he said.