Agence France-PresseDecember 29, 2013 17:16
Thousands of young South Sudanese fighters loyal to ex-vice president Riek Machar have peeled away from an advance on a key town, the government said Sunday, but there was no immediate confirmation from Machar's supporters.
As the UN voiced concern about the youths' mobilisation, government spokesman Michael Makuei told AFP "most of them have returned home".
"According to our sources local Lou and Dau Nuer chiefs have convinced the youths," he said. "So it looks like things are calming down, unless" there is another mobilisation.