The First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar is hiding at the residence of France ambassador in Gudelle West of Juba city, reports Sudan Tribune.
This came after his residence was attacked on Sunday by forces loyal to President Salva Kiir.
“Dr Machar’s residence was attacked twice today [Sunday] including using tanks and helicopter gunships. Helicopters from Kiir’s side attacked the residence twice,” James Gatdet Dak 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.
The First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar is hidding at the residence of France ambassador in Gudelle West of Juba city.
— South Sudan Tribune (@ssudantribune) July 11, 2016
Several officials from the proposed Bieh State on Sunday have sought shelter in UNMISS following heavy fighting between SPLA and SPLA-IO in Juba, according to opposition spokesman Manawa Peter Gatkuoth.
Speaking to Radio Tamazuj, Gatkuoth said the governor of Bieh State Bol Kong, his deputy Gen. Taban Joth and the speaker of the state legislative assembly sought shelter in UNMISS compound including Gen. Charles Lam, the commander of SPLA-Kiir faction Division 3.
Large explosions were heard Monday morning in many parts of Juba including Jebel, Gudele, Tonginy, and Hai Cinema.
A resident near National Security headquarters said at 9:25 am that there is serious shooting in and around the compounds forcing them to leave the area.
US calls for regional troops
The United States representative at the UN Security Council said they have called for regional countries to begin preparing troops for possible deployment into South Sudan.
Ambassador Samantha Power said the Council expressed its readiness to enhance the UN Mission in South Sudan’s role in responding to the crisis.
UNMISS is mandated to protect civilians and currently has about 12,000 soldiers and a yearly budget of 1 billion US dollars.
But the mission has struggled to protect civilians and exert itself.
UNMISS officials have at times complained of not having enough resources, while critics say UNMISS do not do enough with the troops they have at hand.
A UNMISS peacekeeper was killed and others injured during clashes last night.
Meanwhile, the US government announced it was withdrawing all non-essential staff from its embassy in South Sudan.