South Sudan ceasefire largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire: U.N.

Displaced South Sudanese families cook in the open in a camp for internally displaced people in the UNMISS compound in Tomping, Juba, South Sudan, July 12, 2016. Beatrice Mategwa/United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)/Handout via REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A ceasefire in South Sudan’s capital Juba appears to be “largely holding, barring sporadic gunfire” and United Nations peacekeepers were able to carry out a limited number of short patrols on Tuesday, a U.N. spokesman said in New York.

“(The U.N. mission) also reports that the airport in the capital has been reopened, although commercial flights remain suspended,” U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols