The residence of South Sudan’s vice president and former rebel leader Riek Machar was attacked on Sunday by forces loyal to President Salva Kiir, but the situation in the capital Juba has calmed down since then, Machar’s spokesman said, speaking from outside the country.
“Dr Machar’s residence was attacked twice today including using tanks and helicopter gunships. Helicopters from Kiir’s side attacked the residence twice,” he told Reuters, adding that he was not in South Sudan but was in contact with Machar.
He said Machar’s forces, who had fought a two-year civil war against troops loyal to President Kiir, had repelled the attack.
“As we speak it’s a little quiet, there has not been fighting in the last moments,” he said by telephone.
Later in the evening, Dak said fighting had resumed in the capital.
UN Security Council in emergency meeting
The members of the Security Council will meet later Sunday to discuss the fighting in Juba, South Sudan between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition.
Reuters news agency quotes diplomats saying the UN Security Council will meet on Sunday over renewed fighting in South Sudan.
The members of the Council in a statement yesterday strongly condemned the separate attacks on UN and diplomatic officials that took place in Juba on July 7.
The members of the Security Council acknowledged the formation of an investigation committee and urged the Transitional Government of National Unity to quickly investigate these attacks, take steps to end the fighting, reduce tensions, and hold those responsible for the attacks to account.
The members of the Security Council stressed the importance of members of military forces being held accountable for their actions and emphasized the importance of command and control.
IGAD summons meeting in Nairobi
In the same spirit, an extraordinary IGAD Foreign Ministers meeting has been called in the Kenyan capital Nairobi tomorrow, Monday.
The emergency meeting will deliberate on the worsening situation in South Sudan.
The state minister for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem, will represent Uganda at the meeting.
In a statement earlier, Kenya president Uhuru Kenyatta urged the warring parties to move troops and weapons out of the capital to minimise civilian casualties.
He urged the parties to adhere to the provisions of the unity government and maintain the hard-earned peace.