Saturday, July 9, 2016

Deadly Clashes Break-Out In South Sudan's Capital Among Rival Factions

Reuters: At least 115 soldiers killed in South Sudan clashes: opposition

At least 115 soldiers from South Sudan's rival factions were killed in gunbattles in the capital Juba, a military spokesman for the opposition said on Saturday, amid fears for a fragile peace process in a country still reeling from a two-year war.

Gunfire erupted on Friday evening near the state house where President Salva Kiir and vice president Riek Machar, former rivals, were meeting for talks.

Both men said they did not know what had triggered the latest fighting between their factions and called for calm.

William Gatjiath Deng, spokesman for Machar's military faction, said the fighting had occurred near the state house and in army barracks.

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More News On Heavy Fighting in South Sudan's Capital

More Than 100 Bodies From South Sudan Gunfire, Doctors Say -- AP
South Sudan tense on anniversary amid deadly clashes -- BBC
Factional Fighting Breaks Out in South Sudan’s Capital -- NYT
Gunbattles erupt in South Sudan’s capital -- Euronews
Salva Kiir's address to South Sudan greeted with heavy gunfire -- The Guardian/AP
Scores feared dead after South Sudan gun battles -- France 24
South Sudan: 'Scores dead' on independence anniversary -- Al Jazeera
Tension, confusion as South Sudan marks independence anniversary -- AFP
UN calls for calm as fighting breaks out in South Sudan -- DW

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