United Nations calls for calm as fighting breaks out in South Sudan

Meanwhile, President Salva Kiir Mayardit and First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny at around 8:50 pm are said to have talked on phone and agreed to appeal for calm and ordered the Generals from both sides to stop this incident.

He reminded that the United Nations remains committed to working with all South Sudanese, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development, the African Union and worldwide and regional partners, to support the return of the country to peace and stability. "This incident also will be controlled, and then measures will be taken so that peace it restored". Five soldiers were killed, while at least two others were wounded.

Earlier, the Sudan Tribune a local newspaper had reported, that Machar was called to President Kiir's office by the President for a Presidency meeting to discuss the clashes which occurred between their forces on Thursday evening.

Brian Adeba, Associate Director at the Enough Project, said: "As South Sudan marks its fifth independence anniversary, it faces unprecedented challenges: the implementation of the peace deal is stalling and the economy is in dire straits".

"There is heavy fighting going on near the Presidential Palace in Juba as we speak", James Gatdet Dak, Machar's spokesperson told Sudan Tribune.

A clash erupted between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and forces loyal to Vice-President Riek Machar (SPLA-IO) in the capital, Juba, on Thursday.

Kiir's SPLA and Machar's opposition SPLA-IO, which fought for more than two years during a conflict that erupted in December 2013, have forces in that area, the witness said. The leaders have assured us of their commitment to resolve the tensions that have escalated in recent days.

"UNMISS reiterates its calls on all parties to put an end to the ongoing fighting and refrain from inflicting further violence against innocent civilians". Recent reports indicate that in Wau, more than 40 people have died and approximately 90,000 people have been displaced - out of which an estimated 12,000 are now under the protection of UNMISS.

A United Nations worker was also reportedly injured in a separate shooting and a U.S. embassy vehicle was also shot at, according to Roman.

Machar and Kiir finally signed a peace deal in August, and Machar was again sworn in as vice president in April.

The failure to re-integrate the forces of the opposing sides into a national army, and the failure to resolve issues stemming from attacks on parts of South Sudan that did not participate in the war but are now being targeted by government counter-insurgency, means that the country is a tinderbox that could explode at any moment.

Britain advised its nationals on Saturday to leave South Sudan if they could do so safely, and said it was removing non-essential embassy staff, after a surge of violence in the capital Juba.