A South Sudanese ICRC (International Red Cross Committee) worker is seen next to body bags with the remains of victims of the violence in Juba on July 16, 2016. / AFP / SAMIR BOL
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Street sweepers in South Sudan's capital Juba have cleaned up the blood and bullet casings after gunbattles at the presidential palace, but salvaging peace will be a far harder task, analysts warn. A shaky cease-fire has held since fighting that raged in Juba last week, leaving hundreds dead and forcing thousands to flee their homes.It has pitted soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir against troops backing his longtime rival Vice President Riek Machar, who technically ended his rebellion to forge a unity government in April.After a string of failed peace deals, diplomats' faith in the two top men is at breaking point.For those trying to stop South Sudan from collapsing entirely, even a flawed peace deal is better than none at all.Casie Copeland, of the International Crisis Group, said it was the best peace that could be made at the time, preventing an escalation of the conflict.More peacekeepers may not make the U.N. mission any more effective.
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