Heavy gunfire has broken out Sunday morning between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to his deputy Riek Machar in the South Sudan capital Juba.
James Gatdet Dak, Machar’s spokesperson, says their forces have been attacked at Jebel base minutes ago.
“Sporadic shooting is going on now. We hope it will not escalate,” he said.
Dak, later, revealed that the force which attacked their base at Jebel this morning has been defeated and chased back.
“Our forces have stopped and not followed them. Our partner [Kiit] is not able to control its forces.”
On Friday evening, 150 people were killed in the clashes outside J1, the presidential palace.
Medics confirmed receiving 109 dead bodies at Juba Teaching Hospital since the fighting.
SPLA-IO military said they lost 37 soldiers.
A South Sudan military officer at the rank Major Gen says the fighting was planned retaliation against IO for Gudele incident night before.
“I think they have learned a lesson… none of their soldiers who were outside [presidential palace] returned,” he told Radio Tamazuj.
Heavy trucks were seen moving bodies in South Sudan capital; piles of bodies collected near late Paulino Matip, the house under presidential guard.
The next day, Saturday 9 July, was South Sudan’s anniversary of independence.
Fighting them moved from J1 palace where president Salva Kiir, first vice president Riek Machar, and vice president Wani Igga were meeting inside and spread to nearly all neighbourhoods of the city, including outside the UN base near Jebel where some 28,000 displaced people were sheltering.
Kiir on Saturday poured military in Juba including checkpoints manned by what are described as aggressive soldiers from SPLA, police, and National Security personnel.