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200 said drowned in South Sudan after Nile River boat filled with civilians fleeing war sinks

FILE - In this Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 file photo, a pirogue packed with passengers arrives at a dock after crossing a waterway near the town of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile State, seen from an airplane over South Sudan. A military spokesman in South Sudan said Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 that 200 people fleeing warfare in Upper Nile State died after a boat that was carrying mostly women and children sank while crossing the Nile River. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)
January 14, 2014 - 2:32 AM

A military spokesman in South Sudan says 200 people fleeing warfare died after a boat crossing the Nile River sank.

Col. Philip Aguer said Tuesday that the boat was mostly carrying women and children. Tens of thousands of residents have crossed the Nile in wooden boats to flee fighting around the rebel-held city of Bor.

Aguer said the front line continues to shift but it appears fighting is about 70 kilometres (45 miles) north of Juba, the country capital.

In Ethiopia, where peace talks are taking place, a spokesman for the rebels, former South Sudan Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Kong, said Ugandan helicopters and fighter jets are bombing rebel positions.

Another pro-rebel official, Gideon Gatpan Thaor, said fighters described being hit with a smoky weapon that burns, possibly white phosphorous.

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