JUBA, 18 January 2021 – The main armed opposition in South Sudan (SPLA-IO) has accused soldiers of the South Sudanese army (SSPDF) of killing three civilians in an ambush.

The civilians were killed Saturday.

South Sudan Renewed Fighting - AP Photo/Justin Lynch

South Sudan Renewed Fighting – AP Photo/Justin Lynch

Soldiers of the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) reportedly ambushed and opened fire on commercial ferry on which the victims were traveling along the Nile from Nasir County to the Upper Nile state capital, Malakal.

The SSPLDF has not reacted to the accusation, according to Sudans Post which published the story Monday.

The SPLA-IO is a aignatory, along with the government of President Salva Kiir, to the 2018 revitalized peace agreement.

Several recent ceasefire violations and skirmishes in Central Equatoria and parts of the Upper Nile have raised fears among peace monitors and the United Nations about implementation of the agreement.

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