KHARTOUM, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- South Sudan on Tuesday admitted that the rebels have controlled many parts of the strategic town of Bor, the capital city of Jonglei state, which has seen clashes for days, Sudan's Ashrouq net reported.
"Forces led by former vice-president Riek Machar have controlled parts of the strategic town of Bor," South Sudan Information Minister Michael Makuei was quoted as saying, adding: "the rebels advanced to the middle of the town and the fighting is still continuing."
Bor is considered one of the most important strategic towns in South Sudan and is located some 200 km north of the capital city of Juba.
During the past two weeks, South Sudan has witnessed escalating clashes between the two military factions, one descending from the Dinka tribe, to which South Sudanese President Salva Kiir Mayardit belongs, and the other descending from the Nuer tribe, to which Machar belongs, who is accused of plotting to topple the government.
The clashes have left thousands of people dead and more than 121,600 civilians displaced. Some 63,000 others have taken refuge at various UN compounds around the country, according to UN reports.