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Violence escalates, South Sudan leaders order ceasefire

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 01:21

South Sudan's president and vice president order their rival forces to cease hostilities after days of fighting that has threatened to plunge the nation back into civil war. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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China's state broadcaster reports two Chinese peacekeepers were killed in attacks on Juba's U.N. compound... amid fierce fighting that has threatened to plunge South Sudan back into civil war. President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar, the former rebel leader, have ordered their rival forces to cease hostilities on Monday. The violence has already killed hundreds of people -- bloodshed that recently broke out as the world's newest nation prepared to mark five years of independence from Sudan. The U.S. State Department says it is implementing an "ordered departure" of its staff due to heavy fighting. (SOUNDBITE)(English) STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN JOHN KIRBY, SAYING: "That is our focus right now an ordered departure." UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon says the leaders have failed their people. He says the acts of violence perpetuated against civilians and UN personnel may constitute war crimes. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UN SECRETARY-GENERAL BAN KI-MOON, SAYING: "The gravity of the situation demands a rapid response." He is urging the Security Council to impose an arms embargo on South Sudan... And is calling to beef up the UN's mandate in South Sudan, NOT to turn away when civilians are desperate for help.

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Violence escalates, South Sudan leaders order ceasefire

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 01:21