Clashes Erupt In South Sudan, 272 Dead

At least 272 people have been killed, including at least 33 civilians, as fighting erupted between rival factions, in the South Sudanese capital, Juba.

At least 272 people have died in fighting between South Sudan’s rival factions in the capital Juba, including 33 civilians, a government source said on Sunday, as heavy gunfire erupted again in parts the city.

The fighting broke out on Thursday and Friday between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and soldiers who support vice president Riek Machar, continuing throughout the weekend and into Monday.

The violence has raised fears South Sudan could face more instability after emerging from a two-year civil war, which began in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president.

On Saturday Juba was calm, but on Sunday a Reuters witness said gunfire was heard in Gudele and Jebel suburbs of Juba, near the military barracks that hosts troops loyal to Machar.

The latest violence came hours after the UN Security Council called on the warring factions to immediately stop the fighting.

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