South Sudan

Machar troops attack SPLA in Manyo


A South Sudan fighter carrying an assault weapon

Fighting has broken out in Upper Nile State, according to the SPLA.

SPLA Spokesman, Col Philip Aguer, says the SPLM in Opposition attacked government positions this morning in Gabat locality in Manyo County.

This attack comes a day after a similar incident in Pageri, along the Juba Nimule road.

Armed men attacked the area on Tuesday, briefly paralyzing road transport.

Col Aguer says the army retains control of Gabat in Upper Nile State.

“The SPLA has repulsed the attack and I think there are people twisting the information to tell the world that it is the government,” Col Aguer said.

“How can the government [soldiers] attack their positions?”

The SPLM-in Opposition could not be reached for comment on the fighting in Upper Nile.

However, he confirmed the Pageri incident.

No casualties have been reported in both attacks.

Renewed fighting comes days after Riek Machar signed a peace deal in Addis Ababa which was boycotted by President Salva Kiir.

Kiir asked 15 days to first consult saying he may sign yet there won’t be a guarantee for peace.

Meanwhile, the US and UK governments have commenced consultations at the United Nations for the Security Council to sanction those who undermine peace.

US National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, said in a statement, the sanctions could be imposed if the South Sudanese government fails to sign the Compromise Agreement within the next two weeks.

On Tuesday, the Minister of Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, expressed doubt that the people’s views will be in favour of the agreement.

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