Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

From Reuters - January 5, 2018

JUBA (Reuters) - Clashes have broken out near South Sudans capital Juba between government troops and rebels, officials said on Friday, the latest violation of a ceasefire signed last month.

The deal reached in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa between the government of President Salva Kiir and a myriad of opposition groups had aimed to end a four-year-old war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed.

But several violations have since taken place, for which all sides have been blamed.

On Friday, the armys spokesman Lul Ruai Koang said several people were killed after rebel troops attempted to seize a military outpost west of Juba held by Kiirs Sudan Peoples Liberation Army.

At about 10:30 p.m. last night, bandits under the direct command of Lieutenant Colonel Chan Garang attacked the SPLAs position at the north of Kapur, he told a news conference, referring to a high-ranking officer who defected from the government last year.

Koang did not give details on how many had died, but said fighting was going on.

Rebels under former vice president Riek Machar, whose sacking in mid-2013 amid a power struggle triggered the civil war months later, denied the charges.


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