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Clashes take South Sudan 'back to war'

July 10, 2016 6:19 pm

South Sudan is “back to war”, a spokesman for the vice-president has told the BBC, as rival factions clash and hundreds have been reported killed.

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”.

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

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned what he called the “senseless violence”. The UN Security Council is holding an emergency session to discuss South Sudan.

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