UN plane crashes in South Sudan

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The UN one of its helicopters has crashed in South , with unconfirmed reports saying it shot down.

A search and rescue team has been sent to the crash site near Bentiu, said the UN mission in South Sudan.

A UN official told the AP news agency the Mi-8 helicopter had apparently been shot down.
Thousands of have been this year in bitter fighting between South Sudan’s army and rebel forces.

Bentiu, capital of the oil-rich Unity state, has changed hands several times but a ceasefire agreement is currently in place.

On Monday, the two sides were given 45 days to form a power-sharing government.

The AFP news agency says the Mi-8 would normally have between three and five crew on board.[eap_ad_3]