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Rebel forces, South Sudan government accuse each other of not abiding cease-fire agreement

By Alicia Mayle,

After signing a cease-fire agreement, South Sudan is accusing rebel forces under Riek Macher of not upholding their end of the bargain and vice versa.

The agreement was signed Jan. 23 in the capital Addis Ababa around 8:30 p.m. It was agreed that ended a conflict that has killed thousands of innocent people, and had taken residents from their homes.

According to Bloomberg News, military spokesman Philip Aguer said that rebel forces attacked South Sudan’s army near Bor, the capital of Jonglei, and south of Malakal in Upper Nile state. Aguer went on to say that it isn’t known if these rebels are a part of the group that signed the cease-fire or if they are with someone else.

According to Al Jazeera, spokesman for the rebel forces, Lul Ruai Koang said, "It is government forces who are breaking the cease-fire, not us," he said. "The government has attacked our positions in Unity and Jonglei states and we fought back in self-defense. They attacked our positions and immediately accused us of breaching the cease-fire".

South Sudan became its own country in 2011 after two decades of war between North and South Sudan.

 

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