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State of emergency declared in South Sudan 

More than 170 people have reportedly been killed in clashes in South Sudan, leading to President Salva Kiir declaring a state of emergency across the country.

The order allows the army to use force if civilians did not lay down weapons, reports the BBC.

Local MP Dharuai Mabor Teny added that more than 200 were also thought to have been injured in the latest flare-up of violence. “Right now, from both sides, we have 170 plus people who lost their lives. 342 houses have been burnt and almost 1,800 people displaced," he told Reuters.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Mr Kiir said they hoped the declaration of a state of emergency would help "curb the violence".

See more from the BBC here.