South Sudan’s rebels and government traded accusations on Sunday just hours after a ceasefire between the two came into affect. Rebels said the army had fired on some of their positions along the White Nile river, which the South Sudanese military dismissed as “mere fabrications” intended to hoodwink the international media.
“A military convoy – two barges, seven gunboats – has been moving…Whenever they see our positions on the banks, they shell,” said rebel spokesman Dickson Gatluak.
“The cessation of hostilities started at midnight on Saturday but the government has broken it. They are not committed to it,” Gatluak added, saying that they would report the attack to IGAD, the eight-nation regional bloc who helped engineer the truce.
The military wasted no time refuting the accusations. Army spokesman Philip Aguer told the press that “there is no force operating in that area,” before adding that the stories of bombardments were “mere fabrications by the rebels. We don’t have any report of clashes in that area as of today.”