Sudan Peoples Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) soldiers loyal to rebel leader Riek machar sit in vehicle at the airport in Juba on April 20, 2016. AFP / CARL DE SOUZA
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South Sudanese rebels said Tuesday they had clashed with government forces in the state of Central Equatoria, more evidence the 5-year-old nation was sliding back into conflict after a peace agreement fell apart.The United Nations said on Sept. 30 it was concerned for the safety of 100,000 people trapped in Yei, which lies about 150 km southwest of South Sudan's capital, Juba.It fell apart in July as fighting broke out in Juba between forces loyal to each.Machar fled the capital, and last month he ordered his forces to reorganize for "armed resistance" if the government failed to revive the agreement and restore his position as vice president.
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