South Sudan's pro-Machar rebels bolster Bentiu defences

BENTIU: South Sudan's rebels are strengthening their defences in the key city of Bentiu in anticipation of a government offensive to recapture it, a BBC reporter there says.

He saw rebels bring a tanker into the city in the oil-rich area, as the frontline moves closer, Alistair Leithead reports.Thousands of people are taking refuge at a UN base on Bentiu's outskirts.At least 1,000 people have been killed in fighting since 15 December.Regionally-brokered talks to declare a ceasefire have stalled.

The conflict erupted after President Salva Kiir accused his ex-deputy, Riek Machar, of plotting a coup - a charge he strongly denied.

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