News / Africa

Fresh Fighting Reported in South Sudan's Upper Nile State

Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Feb. 13, 2014.
Rebel fighters hold up their rifles as they walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan, Feb. 13, 2014.
Philip AleuLucy Poni
A new round of fighting in South Sudan's oil-rich Upper Nile state has displaced more than 2,000 people, many of whom fled to neighboring Ethiopia, where more than 126,000 refugees have already sought shelter from the fighting, officials said Thursday.

The latest clashes were reported two days after the international community pledged $600 million in aid for South Sudan, where more than five months of fighting have claimed thousands of lives, forced 1.3 million people to flee their homes and pushed the country to the edge of famine.

South Sudanese leaders on both sides were warned by donors at the Oslo, Norway conference that more than $600 million just pledged in humanitarian aid would be uselss if the unrest does not end and aid agencies continue to be prevented from accessing thousands of civilians in need.


Warring sides swap blame


As has happened repeatedly since the crisis began in last December, the warring sides blamed each other for the latest violation of a cessation of hostility agreement first signed in January and which President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar recommitted to early this month.

South Sudan army spokesman Philip Aguer said forces loyal to Machar violated the ceasefire agreement when they shelled the town of Nasir in Upper Nile.

Aguer also accused the opposition of attacking villages in Bar-liet County. He said four civilians were killed and several more were wounded in that attack.

Opposition military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang, meanwhile, accused government forces of trying to provoke the opposition into fighting by shelling its position in Nasir.

Koang also said the other clashes in Upper Nile state involved rival groups in the army. No opposition forces were involved in the fighting, said the opposition spokesman.

“The version that I am hearing is that there was fighting among government forces."

"The people on one side were some Nuer, some Shilluk and some Dinka from Upper Nile state. These three groups, they turned their guns against their colleagues from greater Bahr el Ghazal and those still loyal to the system,” Koang said.


Fighting reported to IGAD monitors


Aguer said the government has reported the ceasefire violations to monitors from the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which has been mediating peace talks in South Sudan since January.

Under the terms of the ceasefire agreement signed in January, monitors began working in Jonglei and Unity states in April. Additional monitors are waiting for a regional military force to be deployed to provide protection.

Lucy Poni contributed to this report from Nairobi.

You May Like

Brutality Eroding IS Financial Support

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper says IS's penchant for publicizing beheadings, other brutal forms of punishment hurts group’s bottom line More

Studies: Climate Change a Factor in Disasters in Syria, California

The studies point to the possibility of clear and present dangers from a threat often considered to be far in the future More

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials and human rights organizations assert that Pakistani authorities are using deadly attack at school in Peshawar as pretext to push out Afghan refugees More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Gatluak luk from: comment
May 23, 2014 10:16 AM
accusation made by spla spoke person is wild propaganda .rebel have not did any thing connected with signing of peace talks . they are just withdrawing for the places of spla in opposition that they have capture early the week of signing of peace deal. in addis.

by: Human Eaters from: Akobo
May 23, 2014 8:00 AM
Accusing each other is solution rather than committing the seasefire signed by both sides on 9-5-2014.
What the rebels and the government doing is not right to us because we want to get the hell out from UN COMPOUND so that we can go and cultivate in our areas.
I belief that we civilians in South Sudan want peace and not war anymore.

by: Nhomlau from: Canada
May 23, 2014 1:17 AM
What will be the interest for killing ourselves without reason which allow our children, mothers, elders and burning our development? What politic did is total wrong. If you sit down and analyze even the animal call wolf can not this. The wolf said, you can not do things which will turn to your children after. He also said, do some things bad far away from where your family live. This words were said by Longardit, Ariathmakuei and Nguindeng because Nuer and Ajang are brothers.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukrainei
X
March 03, 2015 3:11 AM
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Kerry Seeks Assurances of Russian Non-Interference in Ukraine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has told his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov, that his country could face further consequences to what he called its “already strained economy” if Moscow does not fully comply with a cease-fire in Ukraine. The two met, on Monday, on the sidelines of a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva, where Kerry outlined human rights violations in Russian-annexed Crimea and eastern Ukraine. VOA State Department correspondent Pam Dockins reports from Geneva.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.
Video

Video Ukrainian Volunteers Prepare to Defend Mariupol

Despite the ongoing ceasefire in Ukraine, soldiers in the city of Mariupol fear that pro-Russian separatists may be getting ready to attack. The separatists must take or encircle the city if they wish to gain land access to Crimea, which was annexed by Russia early last year. But Ukrainian forces, many of them volunteers, say they are determined to defend it. Patrick Wells reports from Mariupol.
Video

Video Moscow Restaurants Suffer in Bad Economy, Look for Opportunity

As low oil prices and Western sanctions force Russia's economy into recession, thousands of Moscow restaurants are expected to close their doors. Restaurant owners face rents tied to foreign currency, while rising food prices mean Russians are spending less when they dine out. One entrepreneur in Moscow has started a dinner kit delivery service for those who want to cook at home to save money but not skimp on quality. VOA's Daniel Schearf reports.
Video

Video US, Cuba Report Progress in Latest Talks to Restore Ties

The United States and Cuba say they have made progress in the second round of talks on restoring diplomatic relations more than 50 years after breaking off ties. Delegations from both sides met in Washington on Friday to work on opening embassies in Havana and Washington and iron out key obstacles to historic change. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas reports from the State Department.
Video

Video Presidential Hopefuls Battle for Conservative Hearts and Minds

One after another, presumptive Republican presidential contenders auditioned for conservative support this week at the Conservative Political Action Conference held outside Washington. The rhetoric was tough as a large field of potential candidates tried to woo conservative support with red-meat attacks on President Barack Obama and Democrats in Congress. VOA Political Columnist Jim Malone takes a look.
Video

Video NYC's Restaurant Week: An Economic Boom in Fine Dining

New Yorkers take pride in setting world trends — in fashion, the arts and fine dining. The city’s famous biannual Restaurant Week plays a significant role in a booming tourism industry that sustains 359,000 jobs and generates $61 billion in yearly revenue. VOA's Ramon Taylor reports.
Video

Video Brookhaven at Cutting Edge of US Energy Research

Issues like the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking and instability in the Middle East are driving debate in the U.S. about making America energy independent. Recently, the American Energy Innovation Council urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a priority. One beneficiary of increased energy spending would be the Brookhaven National Lab, where clean, renewable, efficient energy is the goal. VOA's Bernard Shusman reports.
Video

Video Southern US Cities Preserve Civil Rights Heritage to Boost Tourism

There has been a surge of interest in the American civil rights movement of the 1950s and '60s, thanks in part to the Hollywood motion picture "Selma." Five decades later, communities in the South are embracing the dark chapters of their past with hopes of luring tourism dollars. VOA's Chris Simkins reports.
Video

Video Deep Under Antarctic Ice Sheet, Life!

With the end of summer in the Southern hemisphere, the Antarctic research season is over. Scientists from Northern Illinois University are back in their laboratory after a 3-month expedition on the Ross Ice Shelf, the world’s largest floating ice sheet. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, they hope to find clues to explain the dynamics of the rapidly melting ice and its impact on sea level rise.
Video

Video Lao Dam Project Runs Into Opposition

A Lao dam project on a section of the Mekong River is drawing opposition from local fishermen, international environmental groups and neighboring countries. VOA's Say Mony visited the region to investigate the concerns. Colin Lovett narrates.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More