Tuesday, July 12, 2016

South Sudan Ceasefire Holding (So Far)

NBC: South Sudan Cease-Fire Takes Hold; 'Several Hundred' Dead After Clashes

The guns were quiet in South Sudan's capital on Tuesday as a shaky cease-fire appeared to take hold following days of deadly violence.

Fighting in the capital Juba started with a skirmish Thursday and descended into heavy fighting between forces loyal to South Sudan's President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, a former rebel leader.

The two rivals had signed a peace deal last year to end an ethnically-charged civil war that had raged since 2013 and killed thousands, pitting the Dinka supporters of Kiir against the Nuer followers of Machar.

However, the deal failed to stem the fighting — and the recent spasm of violence was seen as a dangerous step toward returning to all-out civil war.

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More News On South Sudan

South Sudanese emerge from shelters after heavy fighting -- Reuters
Ceasefire holding in South Sudan capital -- AFP
South Sudan ceasefire declared by Kiir and Machar holding -- BBC
Precarious calm in South Sudan’s capital as foreigners flee -- AP
South Sudan rebel chief: Respect ceasefire -- CNN
South Sudan’s leaders announce ceasefire as UN calls for arms embargo on the country -- Euronews
Human Rights Watch Calls for Arms Embargo on South Sudan -- VOA
A fragile ceasefire in South Sudan appears to be holding -- Quartz
South Sudan: is the renewed violence the restart of civil war? -- Jason Burke, The Guardian

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