Monday, July 11, 2016

South Sudan Fighting Intensifies -- News Updates July 11, 2016

Reuters: Heavy fighting in South Sudan risks return to civil war

Heavy fighting involving tanks and helicopters raged in South Sudan on Monday between troops loyal to the president and those backing the vice president, risking a return to civil war and further instability in a turbulent and poor region of Africa.

Clashes between the forces of President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar - the former rebel leader who became vice president under a deal that ended a two-year civil war - have killed hundreds of people since they broke out in the capital Juba four days ago.

The violence intensified early on Monday. A Reuters witness saw two helicopters overhead firing in the direction of Machar's headquarters, while residents reported tanks on the street. A United Nations official said heavy gunfire had erupted around U.N. bases where hundreds of civilian had fled to shelter.

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South Sudan Fighting Intensifies -- News Updates July 11, 2016

Fighting enters 5th day in South Sudan capital -- AP
More than 300 dead as South Sudan capital is rocked by violence -- The Guardian
At least 300 dead in South Sudan: Capital is rocked by explosions and mass shootings as government troops and rebels clash in the streets -- Daily Mail
South Sudan crisis: Renewed fighting in Juba -- Al Jazeera
Heavy Fighting Breaks Out in South Sudan -- VOA
South Sudan On Brink of Civil War as Juba Fighting Intensifies -- NBC
South Sudan: Clashes erupt in Juba hours after UN plea -- BBC
China Peacekeepers Killed in South Sudan as Civil War Looms -- Bloomberg
Violence in South Sudan Kills Two Chinese U.N. Peacekeepers -- WSJ
South Sudan: U.S. evacuates embassy staff in deadly violence -- CNN
Embassies evacuate as violence worsens in South Sudan -- DW
South Sudan: CARE International prepares to evacuate staff as capital becomes 'war zone' -- ABC News Online
A Look at South Sudan, a Young Country Divided by Civil War -- AP

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