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British official: South Sudan violence is tribal 'genocide'

South Sudan's civil war is now genocide, with violence perpetrated along tribal lines, a senior British official said, urging African leaders to do more to end the conflict in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.

Priti Patel, the U.K. secretary of state for international development, said there are "massacres taking place, people's throats being slit" amid what she called a "scorched earth policy" in South Sudan's three-year war.

"It's tribal, it's absolutely tribal, so on that basis it's genocide," she said of the violence, speaking to The Associated Press on Wednesday night.

Her comments are the rare declaration by any...

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