Ceasefire holding in SSudan’s capital

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JUBA: A fragile ceasefire appeared to be holding in South Sudan’s capital Juba after four days of gun battles that have left hundreds of people dead and sent nearly 40,000 fleeing. It was too early to tell on Tuesday whether the ceasefire called by both President Salva Kiir and his longtime opponent Vice President Riek Machar would last, but the lull allowed civilians to leave their homes. There were no helicopter gunships in the sky, no tanks on the streets, no artillery barrages and soldiers in their machine gun-mounted pick-up trucks appeared to have stayed in their barracks. The calm was welcomed by Juba residents who have mostly stayed indoors for days as fighting intensified between Kiir’s government forces and former rebels loyal to Machar.

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