Latest clashes highlight fragility of South Sudan ceasefire deal
Friday December 22 2017
Sudanese Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers. Witnesses say President Salva Kiir's troops attacked Lasu on Sunday, which has served as the headquarters for the Riek Machar's SPLA-IO, the main opposition movement in South Sudan. PHOTO | FILE
Dozens of refugees stream into neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo, fleeing what they said was a fresh government offensive.
The push to recapture the key rebel stronghold of Lasu came as mediators tabled a ceasefire agreement in Addis Ababa, which was signed by major parties to the four year conflict on Thursday and is to go into force on December 24.
South Sudan this month entered into its fifth year of a war that has killed tens of thousands of people and driven nearly four million from their homes.