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People gather at a station to flee during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum, Sudan [File: El-Tayeb Siddig/Reuters]

South Sudan receives about 10,000 refugees

By Aljazeera News

About 10,000 refugees have entered South Sudan from Sudan in recent days, fleeing fighting between the army and paramilitary forces, officials in South Sudan’s Renk County say.

About 6,500 people crossed the border on Saturday, another 3,000 on Sunday, and more were arriving on Monday, county commissioner Kak Padiet told Reuters.

The army commander in Renk, Dau Aturjong, said three-quarters of the arrivals are South Sudanese while the rest are Sudanese, Eritrean, Kenyan, Ugandan and Somali.

Sudan hosts 800,000 South Sudanese refugees who have fled long-running conflicts there. South Sudan gained its independence from its northern neighbour in 2011.

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