In South Sudan, at least 70 people have been killed and dozens wounded during weekend clashes between
the army and armed civilians in the Warrap state.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the violence was sparked by a disagreement over a disarmament exercise
being conducted in the area.
The disarmament of civilians is part of the most recent peace agreement signed between South Sudanese
President Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar, who was appointed vice president in February.
South Sudan declared independence from Sudan in 2011, but it was plunged into a ruinous civil
war two years later when Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, fired his deputy, Riek Machar, a member of the rival Nuer community
James Mabior Makuei, the councilor of Tonj East County in Warrap State, told DPA news agency that
most recently violence began when civilians refused to hand over their guns to soldiers at a market in Tonj
East on Sunday. Several bystanders joined in the fighting that ensued.