South Sudan ceasefire largely holding

July 12, 2016 20:47

A ceasefire in South Sudan's capital Juba appears to be "largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire" and United Nations peacekeepers were able to carry out a limited number of short patrols on Tuesday, a UN spokesman said in New York at the United Nations.

"(The UN mission) also reports that the airport in the capital has been reopened, although commercial flights remain suspended," UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

A ceasefire called on Monday night silenced days of heavy fighting that has destabilized the world's newest nation.

Forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and Vice President Riek Machar had battled each other with anti-aircraft guns, attack helicopters and tanks since Thursday - almost five years to the day since South Sudan declared independence from Sudan with promises of aid and support from world powers.

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