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President Kiir and Riek Machar order their troops to ceasefire as calm returns to war torn Juba

13th July, 2016

A ceasefire appears to be holding in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, after four days of heavy fighting between rival forces left more than 270 people dead. The city is quiet, with no reports of helicopter gunships in the sky or tanks on the streets but shops remained shut. President Salva Kiir and his rival, Vice President Riek Machar, announced a ceasefire which came into force on Monday night. Clashes between troops loyal to the two men had threatened a recent peace deal with 272 people killed. According to the UN about 42,000 people have fled their homes during the fighting, with 7,000 of them taking refuge at its compounds.
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