8 July 2016
Several people were killed in clashes between rebels and the military in the South Sudanese capital of Juba two days before the country’s fifth anniversary of its independence from Sudan, local media reported on Friday.
Rebel spokesman William Ezekiel told newsmen that the situation was developing from bad to worse.
Local media reports quoted rebels as accusing the military of provoking the clashes on Thursday. The military has rejected the claims.
Meanwhile, the plan to mark the country’s independence from its northern neighbour on Saturday had already been cancelled several weeks ago for financial reasons.
The situation in the north-western city of Wau remained tense as the UN peace mission UNMISS reported the sound of explosions and shooting in the area on Thursday.