South Sudan

SOUTH SUDAN: Clashes in Malakal as Uncertainty Surrounds Juba

Heavy fighting broke out again in the South Sudan’s Greater Upper Nile capital of Malakal on Monday morning between the government forces and those under former Vice President, look Dr. Riek Machar.

According to sources in the town which is one of the most affected in the 3 years of internal war, information pills gunfire started at 6am local time from the West Bank and mainly in Warjouk County, currently under the control of rebels

“We heard Rocket Propelled Grenades and artillery fire in the morning from the West Bank side. Dark smoke surrounded the whole area for hours,” a resident in the town working with one of relief agencies said.

Warjoung in Chollo Kingdom was taken by the rebels late last month when fighting resumed in the oil rich region.

The government forces reportedly wanted to regain control of the strategic area and plan more offensives on the rebels.

At 7am the fighting intensified in the areas of Owaci, Wac panyikang, Bukieny, Owaci, Kodhok and Kaka. Meanwhile two Internally Displaced Camps of Wau Chollo and Pamadh were also affected today morning. The SPLA-IO maintained their position according frontline reports.


Yet to be independently confirmed reports say, President Salva Kiir who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the SPLA mainstream faction, on Sunday ordered fresh curfew in the capital Juba from 6pm to 6am.


A number of SPLA senior officials were reportedly arrested including the Spokesman, Lul Ruai Kong and several others said to be under strict surveillance included the Vice President, Wani Igga over a yet to be established reason.

Many of the targeted officers are from the Equatoria region where insecurity has been rampant in the recent past. Kiir visited the area last week and promised national reconciliation. Political and military figures from the region are contemplating secession from the Juba administration according to insiders.

Brig. Ruai however later posted on his social media page that he is a free man and “enjoying weekend at his residence” in Juba.


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