South Sudan

S. Sudan: Civil War Breaks Out In Bentiu Oil State

treat sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Sources have told Chimpreports that when news of fighting in Akobo barracks, doctor the main base of 8thapproved sans-serif; color: #222222;”> division in Jonglei spread, soldiers in the Unity State of 4th division (also parts of 8th division) started grouping along tribal lines of Neur and Dinka and positioning for eventualities.

The Dinka Forces Camp reportedly got nervous in the town and a state only dominated by two tribes of Neur who are majority and Dinka, the minority, started firing bullets which the other camp also immediately responded to.

United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS)’s spokesman in Rubkona Joseph Contreras, has told Chimpreports that 28 soldiers of Dinka origin, also loyal President Salvar Kiir, fled the division and were taking refuge at their base.

The number casualties is not out yet but 900 civilians have reportedly taken refuge at UNMISS also confirmed by Contreras currently in Rugbona, the administrative centre of the Unity state.

The capital Bentiu is said to be under the control of 4th division but it is not yet clear if the forces are still loyal to President Kiir or loyal to the hiding former vice president, Dr. Riek Mahar who is a Neur since officer of Dinka origin are fleeing.


Yesterday, areas under the control of 8th division defected to the mutinying Riek Machar’s side when its commander Gen. Peter Gadet also Neur, denounced Kiir’s leadership and command of SPLA, announced crossing to Machar side and actually took Jonglei state.

The fighting which started Sunday night in the capital Juba after a bitter disagreement between Kiir and Machar leading to an eventual walk out of the ruling SPLM party meeting and immediate clashes between the elite presidential guards, has now entered other states and towns.

Oil refineries are, however, still operating and the clashes haven’t affected the activities yet, according to witnesses.

Sources have comfirmed that the clashes are not accidental but a genocide is actually brewing in all South Sudanese states.

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