LIVE BLOG: South Sudan Clashes

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Since the fighting begun in the region, many have died while thousands displaced. Aid agencies including the United Nations are grappling with the huge number of displaced persons as a result of the fight. Residents are in dire need of humanitarian assistance while efforts to provide such assistance have always been hampered by inaccessibility and insecurity in some regions.

The president said that the clashes were due to a foiled coup by the forces allied to Riek Machar, Former Vice-President, a claim that has been denied by Machar.

Kiir’s government said that it has already arrested 10 major political figures believed to have been involved in the violence and is still seeking the arrest of Machar and other officials, including suspended SPLM Secretary General Pagan Amum, former Unity governor Taban Deng plus ex-ministers Alfred Lado Gore and Adwok Nyaba.

While speaking to a local media in South Sudan, Riek Machar insisted that the violence was a plot to falsely accuse them in order to frustrate the democratic processes his group was persistently calling for within the country’s governing party.

As the humanitarian situation continues to worsen, United States has ordered its entire ‘non-emergency staff’ to leave the fragile nation and suspended all embassy operations.

As fighting in South Sudan intensifies many have fled their homes and are camping at the UN camp
As fighting in South Sudan intensifies many have fled their homes and are camping at the UN camp

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The president in response to the clashes, declared a 12-hour curfew from 6:00 PM to 6:00 AM until further notice. Presidential guard forces also raided the house of South Sudan’s former vice-president, Riek Machar, in the Amarat district, destroying much of the property, as heavy gunfire resumed in Juba on Tuesday. The compound is being protected by Machar’s body guards but his whereabouts remain unknown.

As the situation in South Sudan continues to remain uncertain, there is anxiety at the border crossing between South-Sudan and Uganda. And everyone from foreign merchants to local businesses are taking a hit

Here is a studio analysis on the situation in South Sudan since the sacking of Riek Machar as the Vice-President.

Take a look at our “South Sudan Clashes” playlist for our latest reports on the evolving situation.

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We posted this update of the South Sudan conflict on our Facebook page:
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Delegates at the South Sudan peace talks in Addis Ababa have again met face to face. Mediators say they have narrowed the gap between them. So far though, there’s no deal. CCTV’s Jane Kiyo has more.

 

Our correspondent, David Lomuria, has been covering the in South Sudan. He sent us these photos from the UNMISS camp in Juba.

 

Uganda is playing down concerns that its military intervention in South Sudan is worrying other countries in the region. Sudan and Ethiopia are reportedly upset about Kampala’s decision to send in troops. But the government says these concerns are ‘isolated’. CCTV’S Isabel Nakirya reports from Kampala

UN operations in South Sudan are still ongoing despite simmering tensions between it and the South Sudanese government. UN peacekeepers have stepped up searches and patrols near their protection camps after reports of shootings targeting civilians staying there emerged . Susan Mwongeli has more

We spoke to Salva Kiir’s spokesperson on the crisis especially the row between S.Sudan and the UN. Here’s what he had to say:

The rivals in South Sudan’s conflict have signed a cessation of hostilities deal at a ceremony currently underway in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. Speaking at the commencement of the ceremony, IGAD’s special envoy Ambassador Seyoum Mesfin, hailed the development as a significant milestone in restoring South Sudan to lasting peace. He expressed optimism that the deal would come into force with the guns going silent within the next 24 hours

CCTV’s Ramah Nyang has taken an analytical look at the final draft of the agreement signed

The African Union had China welcomed the signing of the ceasefire deal

Journalist and expert on Sudanese affairs, John Gachie had this to say on the signing of the agreement

With the signing of the deal, President Kiir assured of a speedy end to violence in the country

 

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