At least 56 people have been killed, following heavy fighting, around the town of Malakal, in South Sudan, according to military officials.
Heavy fighting around the town of Malakal in South Sudan killed dozens of people over the weekend, a military spokesman said on Sunday, after rebels said they would try to seize control of the town.
The rebels had attacked government positions on Friday night but the military had held their ground, army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said.
“Our forces were able to successfully drive them back with heavy casualties. Over 56 rebels were killed,” he told a group of journalists whom the government had flown to Malakal on Sunday to see the situation.
“We came here … to let the people of South Sudan, and in particular the region, know that Malakal was not captured by the rebels as reported over the weekend.”
Soldiers said they were expecting another attack.
On Friday, the rebels said they had captured Lalo and the nearby location of Wajwok, and planned to seize Malakal.