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South Sudan: Rebels Accuse Gov’t Of Attack In Less Than 12 Hours Of Agreement Signing

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 South Sudanese rebels have accused the government of attacking their positions in less than 12 hours after the signing of the Peace Agreement by stakeholders in the South Sudan Conflict.

“Government forces have launched multiple attacks on our positions in Pageri and the surrounding areas in Imatong State,” the statement the rebels sent to DireTube reads. “However, our forces have successfully dislodged the government forces that have terrorized and tormented the community for the past ten months.”

The statement, signed by Major General James Koang, said rebels have captured ‘several types of ammunition and weapons’ and three government fighters have been confirmed dead and several others wounded.

On the other hand, the United States said it has begun talks at the United Nations to sanction South Sudan if its government doesn't sign a peace deal with rebels within 15 days and all sides in the conflict don't promptly implement a cease-fire.

South Sudan President Salva Kiir has "yet again squandered the opportunity to bring peace," Susan Rice said in a White House statement on Tuesday. "The U.S. deplores this failure of leadership."

President Kiir on Monday surprised the U.S. and others by refusing to sign a peace agreement with rebel forces in Addis Ababa despite a deadline set by the international community, saying he needs another 15 days.

Mediators said rebel leader Riek Machar signed the accord.