South Sudan

14 dead as SPLA crushes Machar forces in Yambio, Kaya


South Sudan fighters in Yambio

South Sudan army High Command Bilpam says the SPLA crushed a rebel attack in Yambio, Gbudwe State.

The attack which took place over the weekend after fighting erupted in the border town of Kaya.

The SPLA said it was finished with mopping up operations and was urging civilians who fled the town to return.

According to National Courier, some civilians were caught in the crossfire and died in the northern suburbs of Masiya, Ikpiro and Hai Cuba.

Meanwhile, state authorities in Yei River State say an attack launched on Kaya by Riek Machar’s forces has left nine of the attackers dead.

The fighting displaced thousands of civilians who fled across the border to DR Congo and Uganda.

UPDF was placed on high alert and the Ugandan immigration officials closed the border only allowing safe passage for civilians from South Sudan.

The State Minister of Information Stephen Ladu said two policemen from SSNPS were killed.

The state government says calm has returned to the town and some civilians have returned to their homes.

Armed group claims killing 3 SPLA soldiers

A group of militia led by Abelbagi Ayii in South Sudan’s Aweil East State has claimed responsibility for the killing of three government soldiers in clashes on Wednesday afternoon in the state.

Col. Deng Maring, spokesperson of the armed group, told Radio Tamazuj yesterday that they killed three government soldiers and captured five others during fighting in Aweil East State.

“About 200 SPLA forces attacked our position, but they fell into an ambush laid by our forces, we killed three from their side and captured five others,” said Deng.

Deng pointed out that the clashes between the two sides continued for two hours, while accusing government troops of harassing civilians who cross to Sudan.

Tens of thousands of citizens of the Northern Bahr al Ghazal area have been migrating north into East Darfur and West Kordofan due to hunger and lack of opportunities in their home state.



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