Nairobi - South Sudan's army regained the rebel-held town of Bentiu on Friday, handing the government control of Unity state's oilfields where production had been halted, the military's spokesperson said.
"It happened this afternoon at 14.30," army spokesperson Philip Aguer told Reuters. "When you control Bentiu you control all the oil fields in Unity state."
It was not clear when oil production will resume as foreign
companies have evacuated workers.
Three weeks of fighting, often along ethnic
faultlines, has pitted President Salva Kiir's SPLA government forces
against rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar and brought
the oil-exporting nation close to civil war. More than a thousand
people have been killed in the unrest.
Bentiu had been one of two state capitals held by rebel troops loyal to Machar.