UN peacekeepers doubt ceasefire in South Sudan fighting

United Nations Peacekeeping Operations, has described the number of people reported dead in recent clashes in South Sudan as just the tip of the iceberg. 

The Head of the peacekeeping operations, Hervy Ladsous, addressing the UN Security Council said they remain very worried about the potential for the resumption of violence and spill-over into other parts of the country, as in the past  

The authorities in the capital, Juba, say more than 270 people died in the outbreak of violence between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice-president Riek Machar. 

A ceasefire was declared on Monday and a spokesman for Machar said he and his forces had now left the capital, Juba. 

He called on UN peacekeepers to be deployed as a buffer between the opposing sides.

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