CONFLICTS

Fighting enters 5th day in South Sudan capital

  • In this photo dated Friday July 8 2016, South Sudan Riek Machar, left. Salva Kiir, South Sudan President, and James Wani Igga, Vice president during a press conference at Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, after fighting started erupted when a group of unidentified soldiers tried to enter the palace.  Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday July 11, 2016 as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, seeming to push the country back toward civil war. (AP Photo/Samir Bo)

    In this photo dated Friday July 8 2016, South Sudan Riek Machar, left. Salva Kiir, South Sudan President, and James Wani Igga, Vice president during a press conference at Presidential palace in Juba, South Sudan, after fighting started erupted when a group of unidentified soldiers tried to enter the palace. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday July 11, 2016 as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, seeming to push the country back toward civil war. (AP Photo/Samir Bo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from a July 10, 2016 video footage released by China's CCTV via AP Video, Chinese UN peacekeepers tend to their wounded colleagues after an attack on an armored personal carrier used by the Chinese peacekeepers in Jebel in South Sudan. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday, July 11, 2016, as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, pushing the country back toward civil war. (CCTV via AP Video)

    In this image taken from a July 10, 2016 video footage released by China's CCTV via AP Video, Chinese UN peacekeepers tend to their wounded colleagues after an attack on an armored personal carrier used by the Chinese peacekeepers in Jebel in South Sudan. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday, July 11, 2016, as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, pushing the country back toward civil war. (CCTV via AP Video)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this image taken from a July 10, 2016 video footage released by China's CCTV via AP Video, Chinese UN peacekeepers tend to a wounded colleague after an attack on an armored personal carrier used by the Chinese peacekeepers in Jebel in South Sudan. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday, July 11, 2016, as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, pushing the country back toward civil war. (CCTV via AP Video)

    In this image taken from a July 10, 2016 video footage released by China's CCTV via AP Video, Chinese UN peacekeepers tend to a wounded colleague after an attack on an armored personal carrier used by the Chinese peacekeepers in Jebel in South Sudan. Heavy explosions are shaking South Sudan's capital Juba Monday, July 11, 2016, as clashes between government and opposition forces entered their fifth day, witnesses say, pushing the country back toward civil war. (CCTV via AP Video)  (The Associated Press)

Heavy explosions and gunfire are shaking South Sudan's capital, Juba, as clashes between government and opposition forces enter their fifth day, witnesses say, pushing the country back toward civil war.

An Associated Press reporter in the city reported shooting Monday morning and preventing residents from moving about the city.

An aid worker in Juba's Tomping area, which has embassies, the airport and a U.N. base, described a "massive explosion" shortly after 9 a.m. followed by further blasts

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan reported on Twitter that clashes restarted near its compound in the Jebel area, where some 30,000 civilians have taken refuge. The opposition also has a base near Jebel and their leader, First Vice President Riek Machar, also has his home in the area.