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Fighting goes on after South Sudan ceasefire: UN

Published on Jan 25, 2014 6:12 AM
 
South Sudanese People Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers sit on a pick up truck during a patrol in Malakal on Jan 21, 2014. South Sudanese government and opposition troops still fought 'sporadic' battles after a ceasefire came into force on Friday, the United Nations (UN) said. -- PHOTO: AFP

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - South Sudanese government and opposition troops still fought 'sporadic' battles after a ceasefire came into force on Friday, the United Nations (UN) said.

A ceasefire between followers of President Salva Kiir and his former vice president Riek Machar took effect at 1730 GMT (0130, Saturday, Singapore time).

"The UN Mission in South Sudan says that sporadic fighting took place in parts of the country today," including after the ceasefire, UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

South Sudanese rebels accused Kiir's army of attacking their positions just ahead of the ceasefire, which was brokered by East African nations and agreed on Thursday in Addis Ababa. But the government army said it knew nothing of any fighting since the deal was reached.

 
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