South Sudan

Heavy Gunfire Breaks Out At Main S. Sudan Barracks geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>Sources in the army say the fighting started in the wee hours of Monday, with a section of SPLA’s elite commando units violently protesting against delayed salaries.

It said soldiers fought with some members of the army’s finance committee. This website could readily establish the number of fatalities and casualties.

Giada is site of old barracks that garrisons the country’s elite commando forces, Presidential Guards, Military Hospital and Directorate of Military Operations.

The latest development underlines the growing insecurity levels not only in distant towns but the Capital city of the world’s youngest and extremely dangerous country.


It also points to the economic hardships hitting the country as it struggles to emerge from yet another catastrophic war.

The striking commando units form part of the Special Forces that guard President Salva Kiir.

Information Minister Michael Makuei says Brigadeir General Gatweach Gai has been arrested in today’s clashes as majority of schools and shops in Juba remained shut for fear of loss of lives and property.

The fighting spread to South Sudan University as SPLA uses heavy gunfire to contain the striking soldiers.

Makuei said the situation has been contained.

Fighting in South Sudan broke out in December last year; with President Kiir accusing sacked Vice President Riek Machar of attempting a coup.

Machar, who denied the allegations, has since formed a rebel group, to oust Kiir.

Thousands of innocent civilians have been killed as rebels continue to attack government positions in Upper Nile State.

Inter Governmental body, IGAD, has since December last year been engaged in discussions aimed at finding a long-lasting and peaceful solution to the crisis in South Sudan.

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