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HUNDREDS DEAD IN FRESH VIOLENCE IN SOUTH SUDAN

Deaths as rivals engage in heavy fight in South Sudan

Deaths as rivals engage in heavy fight in South Sudan

At least three hundred people are reported dead following the new wave of violence in South Sudan’s capital, Juba.

The recent clashes broke out on Thursday and Friday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers who support the vice-president, Riek Machar.

UN SECURITY COUNCIL CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE

The UN Security Council has called on both sides to end fighting, and has urged Kiir and Machar to “genuinely commit themselves to the full and immediate implementation of the peace agreement, including the permanent ceasefire and redeployment of military forces from Juba”.

US EVACUATES STAFF

The United States is evacuating non-emergency staff from its embassy in South Sudan, following the escalation violence.

IGAD CALLS FOR EMERGENCY MEETING

Foreign Ministers from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) countries will hold a meeting in Nairobi on Monday over the new wave of violence in Juba.

They will be joined by members of the TROIKA that manages the Southern Africa Development Community organ on Politics Defense and Security as well as other members of the international community.

In August last year, President Salva Kiir signed a peace deal with rebels to end a 20-month conflict. South Sudan had been at war since December 2013, when a split within the security forces escalated into a violent rebellion led by Machar.

In February this year, Kiir named Machar as vice-president in a move that raised hopes for the implementation of a repeatedly broken peace deal to end more than two years of civil war.

 

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