South Sudan's president and his political opponent, the first vice-president, take cover when gunfire breaks out as they're briefing reporters on talks to end fighting between rival factions. Diane Hodges reports.
As South Sudan's President, Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar (ree-EHK mah-SHAHR) were briefing reporters on their talks to end fighting between rival factions, fresh clashes broke out in the capital, sending everyone scrambling for cover. (nats of gunshots) Officials said on Saturday at least 115 soldiers are dead from both sides in the battles that broke out in the capital, Juba. It's the latest flare-up in a two-year-old civil war which started in December 2013 after Kiir sacked Machar as vice president. A peace agreement last August ended the war, but the two sides have yet to integrate their forces. Thursday and Friday's gunfights were the first major outbreak of violence in Juba since Machar returned to the capital in April after his re-appointment as vice president. Experts warn that the nation risks sliding back into conflict unless the two sides move swiftly to implement the peace plan.