South Sudan

Heavy Fighting Resumes in South Sudan

health geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 150%;”>Sources in Upper Nile State say that SPLA infantry battalion under unnamed commander engaged rebels in areas of Athuoy and Gabaat at around 5am local time and loud shellings went up to around 7:00 am.

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“The rebel positions here which have been controlling since March, came under heavy from Kiir`s forces this morning. There was no gunship this time but heavy guns with big bullet sounds roared up to around 7am,” says a source based in Upper Nile.

The military spokesman Brig. Lul Koang said Monday afternoon that SPLA waged a heavy attack on their defensive positions.

“This is to inform peace loving people of South Sudan, region and the international community that in-disciplined government troops shelled and launched simultaneous ground attacks on our defensive positions at Gabaat and Athuoy Military Outpost in Monyo County in Upper Nile State,” Koang told Chimpreports.

He alleged that Kiir’s troops were supported by fighters from SPLA North and Nuba Mountain, a charge this website was unable to confirm.


Last week SPLA also clashed with the rebels in the oil richest Unity State. The latest wave attacks came at a time when the agreed 60 days deadline to form an inclusive transitional government is coming to an end.

On June 10, rebels under former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar and government of South Sudan under President Salva Kiir agreed in Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to end the fighting conflict and form a joint government in 60 days.

With less than a moth left to this deadline, there is no substantial progress in the peace process.

United States and European Union have since slapped sanctions on some key military figures in the rebel movement and SPLA to violating terms of the cessation of hostilities agreement signed in Addis Ababa in May.

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