South Sudan ceasefire violated hours after implementation

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South Sudan’s latest peace deal broke down on Saturday when government troops clashed with rebel forces, hours after a “permanent” ceasefire was implemented.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed a new peace deal on Wednesday during peace talks in Khartoum, Sudan. As part of the deal, the two leaders committed to a “permanent” ceasefire but government troops clashed with rebel forces within hours of its implementation.

South Sudan ceasefire violated

Rebel forces in South Sudan on Saturday accused government soldiers of violating the ceasefire although a government spokesperson later said the rebels attacked first. Rebel Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel said the government launched a “heavy joint attack” with rebel militias in Mboro, Wau County at around 7 am.

However, government spokesman Ateny Wek Ateny responded by telling AP news agency that it was the rebels who attacked first.

This is the second time a ceasefire has broken down within hours in the past eight months, following a previous deal signed in December, 2017. A ceasefire came into force on Christmas Eve but fighting broke out within hours of its enforcement.

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About Aaron Brooks

Aaron Brooks is a UK journalist who wants to cut out the international agendas in news. Spending his early years in both England and Northern Ireland he saw the difference between reality and media coverage at an early age. After graduating from the University of Chester with a BA in journalism, his travels revealed just how large the gap between news and the real world can be. As Editor-in-Chief at East Africa Monitor, it’s his job to provide a balanced view of what’s going on in the region for English-speaking audiences.