Fresh South Sudan Fights Between Rival Groups Have Begun

Just a day after the UN urged rival leaders Salva Kiir and Riek Machar to end the South Sudan fights which has led to the loss of many lives, another has reportedly begun.

The South Sudan fights actually began on Thursday when supporters of both leaders clashed in the capital.

According to Reuters, two helicopters were seen being fired at Vice President Riek Machar’s political and military headquarters.

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The South Sudan dispute began when Riek Machar was sacked as vice President. This led to a two year civil war which lessened when the duo signed a peace deal in 2015.

Dispute over details hindered South Sudan from actually experiencing peace for months after the deal was signed. However in April, Machar returned to Juba in what was marked as a step to reinforcing peace in the east African nation.

Fresh South Sudan Fightings Between Rival Groups Have Begun

Last week South Sudan celebrated its fifth year independence from Sudan in a gruesome way that left hundreds dead. Both Machar and Kiir had been involved in talks regarding the fighting which erupted on Thursday when a fresh attack began.

Both admitted to not being able to explain what happened. This raised questions as to whether Machar and Kiir who have been long time rivals have any control over their forces.

Although it is still unclear which side began the battle, it is quite clear that South Sudanese are fearful of their country receding into a full blown civil war again.

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South Sudan’s information minister Michael Makuei pointed fingers at the former rebels (Machar’s loyalists) for the violence and insisted that the South Sudanese government was in control of the capital city.

“We are expecting his excellency the president will issue a unilateral ceasefire, binding on his forces. We hope the First Vice President Riek Machar will follow suit,” he said.