Claims of renewed fighting in South Sudan after deal falters

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Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar

Rebels have accused South Sudan’s government of resuming military attacks, a day after President Salva Kiir decided not to sign a peace deal aimed at ending the internal conflict.

But the government through the Military spokesman Philip Aguer said rebel accusations were “lies” and blamed them for the reported attacks.

According to the Sudan Tribune, on Tuesday rebel forces overran a key town in Eastern Equatoria state after they allegedly came under attack by government forces in intense battles.

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South Sudan rebels

Rebels said government forces attacked their position on Tuesday morning, prompting their forces to fight back and repulsed the attackers, resulting to brief capture of the town, north east of the border town of Nimule.

Meanwhile, the United States has threatened to impose sanctions if the peace pact is rejected.

The U.S. says it is consulting with other countries about imposing United Nations sanctions on the warring factions. The U.S. has given the leaders 15 days to sign an agreement and a cease-fire.

On Monday, South Sudan President Salva Kiir declined to sign a peace deal proposed by regional leaders, saying he required more time.