On 9 July, fighting at a scale bigger than before erupted between the MPLA and FNLA in Luanda. They accused each other of breaking the agreement. It seems likely that the MPLA already had the intention of finally driving the FNLA from the city by attacking their offices with artillery. Intense fighting throughout the city continued over the next few days, even in the suburbs where both parties had supporters. Day after day the situation became worse. The government soldiers, which were mostly Portuguese, drove through the city with armoured vehicles in an effort to separate the combatants. But because widespread fighting occurred everywhere in the city limits, there were not too successful.
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