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South Sudan crisis: Civilians shelter in UN compound

9 January 2014 Last updated at 20:06 GMT

South Sudan civilians have been sheltering in a UN compound in the key rebel-held city of Bentiu as government forces approach.

At least 1,000 people have been killed and 200,000 have fled their homes because of the fighting.

The BBC's Alastair Leithead reports.