JUBA, South Sudan (AP) -- South Sudan's defense minister says rebels have attacked government positions in two oil-producing states.
Kuol Manyang Juuk said rebel forces shelled the town of Bentiu, the Unity State capital, for two hours on Tuesday. He said mortar shells launched by rebels also hit the town of Nasir in Upper Nile state. Government forces fought back and repulsed the rebels, he added.
It was not immediately possible to get a comment from the rebels.
The fighting violates a truce signed this month amid wide expectations of peace in South Sudan, which has been wracked by sporadic violence since December 2013.
The fighting pits rebel forces led by former Vice President Riek Machar against government troops loyal to President Salva Kiir.