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Friday, August 21, 2015

South Sudan:Fighting has resumed between South Sudan troops and rebels

Salva KiirFighting has resumed between South Sudanese troops and rebels, two days after the president declined to sign a peace deal.

South Sudan troops
Colonel Philip Aguer, a military spokesperson, said yesterday that there is fighting in Manyo County in the state of Upper Nile.

He said the clashes are happening near the border with Sudan, with rebels trying to take areas controlled by government troops.

He said there was also fighting on Tuesday in Eastern Equatoria state, in an area where there previously had been no fighting, suggesting the rebels were opening up a new front.

South Sudan's President Salva Kiir failed to sign a peace deal in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, aimed at ending the civil war in his country.

Rebel leader Riek Machar, who did sign the deal, said he had expected more concessions from Mr Kiir, and did not know beforehand that the South Sudanese president would fail to sign it.

Tens of thousands have died and more than two million have been displaced since fighting broke out in the world’s newest country in 2013.

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