New fighting in South Sudan two days after ceasefire

Fighting has again broken out in South Sudan despite a peace agreement signed Friday

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Fighting has again broken out in South Sudan two days after the conflict's second peace agreement was signed.

The deal signed Friday called for a cessation of hostilities by Saturday night. But South Sudan's government and rebels loyal to the former vice president said Sunday that warfare had again broken out. Each side blamed the other for re-starting the violence.

Defense Minister Kuol Manyang Juk said rebels attacked government positions near Bentiu at 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

An opposition spokesman, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Kong, said government forces attacked rebels in two states. He said government fighters were in “active combat” with opposition troops around Bentiu.

Humanitarian workers hoped Friday's deal would allow residents to return home and plant crops. A January cease-fire fell apart immediately after it was signed.

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