South Sudan “back to war” as hundreds killed in clashes
July 10th, 2016 at 10:45 pm
South Sudan “back to war” as hundreds killed in clashes

International desk – The war-ravaged South Sudan has apparently backed to war again after hundreds of people were reportedly killed in clashes between rival groups in the African country.

According to BBC reports the country’s vice-president Riek Machar claimed the country was in war.

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

But Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said the reports of war were “dishonest”.

More than 500 Bangladeshi peacekeepers under the blue helmet remained safe, according to Inter Service Public Relations department’s statement issued on Sunday in Dhaka.

The UN mission said hundreds had sought shelter in its compounds, and called for leaders to restrain their troops.

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

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

Lueth said government troops responded when Machar’s forces attacked a checkpoint, adding that those forces had now been scattered. “The situation is normal and it is under full control,” he added.

The clashes follow days of fighting in the world’s newest country between supporters of Kiir and Machar.

At least 150 people were killed in fighting on Friday, before calm was restored on Saturday. Local radio station Radio Tamazuj reported on Sunday that the death toll from those clashes may be as high as 271.