S/Su­dan ‘back to war’, says VP’s spokesman

Daily Trust - - STRANGE STORIES -

South Su­dan is “back to war”, a spokesman for the vice-pres­i­dent has said, as rebel fac­tions clash.

Forces loyal to Vice-Pres­i­dent Riek Machar say their po­si­tions in the cap­i­tal, Juba, have been at­tacked by gov­ern­ment troops.

Col Wil­liam Gatjiath, Mr Machar’s mil­i­tary spokesman, said Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir “isn’t se­ri­ous” about a peace agree­ment.

The gov­ern­ment has not re­sponded to Col Gatjiath’s com­ments.

He said “hun­dreds” of Mr Machar’s troops had died on Sun­day, and that troops loyal to Mr Machar were ad­vanc­ing on Juba from dif­fer­ent di­rec­tions.

UN rep­re­sen­ta­tives have re­ported heavy ex­changes of gun­fire near their head­quar­ters in the sub­urb of Jebel.

A tweet by the UN’s of­fi­cial mis­sion in South Su­dan, posted on Sun­day af­ter­noon, said fight­ing was now “re­lent­less”.

The clashes fol­low days of fight­ing in the world’s new­est coun­try be­tween sup­port­ers of Mr Kiir and Mr Machar. At least 150 peo­ple were killed in fight­ing on Fri­day, be­fore calm was re­stored on Satur­day.

Photo: AFP

From left: First Vice Pres­i­dent Riek Machar; South Su­dan Pres­i­dent Salva Kiir and Vice Pres­i­dent James Wani Igga dur­ing a press con­fer­ence prior to the shoot­ing out­side the pres­i­den­tial palace in Juba on Fri­day.

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