S. Sudan accuses rebels of carrying out new attacks
January 26, 2014, 12:01 am TWN
JUBA, South Sudan--South Sudan's government accused rebel forces of breaking a ceasefire Saturday, less than 24 hours after it began and dashing hopes of a swift end to the brutal conflict.
The ceasefire, aimed at stopping five weeks of bitter fighting in which thousands have died, formally began at 1730 GMT on Friday, with both sides reporting clashes as the deadline approached.
On Saturday morning, in the first hours of the ceasefire, army spokesman Philip Aguer said the clashes appeared to have ended.
But just hours later, the government reported fresh rebel attacks.
“This morning I am informed that the rebel forces are still continuing attacking our forces,” Minister of Information Michael Makuei said, speaking to reporters as he arrived back from the talks in Ethiopia that hammered out the crucial deal.
“Our forces ... will have to defend themselves,” he added.