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Gunfire pushes South Sudan towards civil war

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uth Sudan in its fifth day of fighting as the country teeters on the edge of civil war. Heavy gunfire erupted on Monday around UN bases in the capital, Juba. A day after the security council urged leaders to reign in their forces. Officials put the death toll above 275, among them, a Chinese UN peacekeeper.
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Violence broke out between rival factions last week. Soldiers loyal to President Salva kiir, facing off against those backing Vice President Riek Machar. Edmund Blair is Reuters East African bureau chief in Nairobi.>> Witnesses reported seeing helicopter gun ships and tanks on the streets. The helicopter gun ships were seen firing in the direction of what is Machar's headquarters in Juba.
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UN bases have been flooded with people seeking shelter, and themselves have been hit by light and heavy arms fire.>> The UN Security Council has warned the attacks may amount to war crimes. Kiir and Machar signed a peace deal in August last year after two years of conflict.
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But months of wrangling have reignited tensions.>> For the region this creates yet another flare up in a volatile area, it risks sending more people across the border into neighboring countries. More than 2.5 million people have been displaced by the Civil War that has raged since 2013.>> Both leaders have urged calm.
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Raising fears their own troops are beyond their control.