South Sudanese government and rebels agree to a ceasefire

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According to the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, an East African trade bloc that has been helping to mediate between the parties in the conflict, the South Sudanese government and rebels have signed a ceasefire deal after more than a month of fighting.

CNN reported that the government and the rebels reached the agreement in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa.

CNN also reported that the parties also agreed not to attack civilians and refrain from rape, sexual abuse and torture. Supply routes for humanitarian aid are to be opened to reach displaced populations.

CNN further said that the agreement also sets up an unarmed group of monitors that includes members from surrounding East African nations and representatives from both the rebels and the government. Their job will be to ensure that the ceasefire agreement is effective.

The ceasefire begins today, after 24 hours of its signing.

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