Fresh fighting erupted Tuesday morning south of Wau between SPLA-IO forces and government soldiers.
Radio Tamazuj quotes eyewitnesses within Wau who heard gun shooting at the southern part of the town.
SPLA-IO Col. Augustine Charles told Radio Tamazuj that their forces came under heavy attack southwest of Wau town by government forces.
“What happened, our forces today at around 6:00 am were attacked at all their forces at Gong, Birinygy, Farajalla, Diffa and at Bagari in the area of Taban,” he said.
“Government forces attacked our forces and the fighting until now continues to chase us out of our positions,” he added.
Charles mentioned the area where they fighting ongoing now has over 17,000 civilians.
SPLA spokesperson Lul Ruai said he contacted officials in Wau and they told him they heard no fighting this morning.
Kiir reduces Juba deployments
Sudan Tribune reports that South Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir has instructed all his army’s commanding officers to immediately cease hostilities and reduce deployment of forces to essential and important installations and institutions in the country’s capital, Juba.
Kiir, in a decree issued Monday, directed all commanders deployed at checkpoints in Juba to reduce and limit checkpoints to only essential and important installations and institutions.
The same directive also called for the protection of surrendering fighters from the armed opposition forces and properties of members of civil population in Juba, which witnessed four days of violence.
Heavy fighting occurred between South Sudan rival forces in Juba town, including in close proximity to the United Nations compounds, with sustained impacts from small arms and heavy weapons fire.
According to the UN, approximately 1,000 internally displaced people were forced out of its protection of civilians’ site into the mission’s premises at Jebel, a Juba suburb.