Fighting in South Sudan has been ongoing in Malakal, areas of Bentiu and some parts of Jonglei state between government troops and rebels.
Yesterday, SPLA-In Opposition spokesperson, Manawa Gatkuoth, told Radio Tamazuj that rebels were planning to attack the Paloich oil fields in Upper Nile state.
He said they are doing so with the aim of preventing the government of launching attacks from Paloich area.
“We will talk to oil companies whether the production should continue or not once we capture Paloich,” he said in an interview with the radio.
Gatkuoth further accused government forces of attacking SPLA-IO positions at Pajut area between Duk and Uror Counties in Jonglei state.
Meanwhile, rebel sources claim that keys of 5 South Sudan military helicopters got lost and are believed to have been taken away by unnamed chief intelligence officer working in the airport of paloich oil fields in war torn Upper Nile State.
“The officer is reportedly said to be from Nuer ethnic group and he has fed up with how they are treated within the Kiir’s tribal regime,” the source claimed insinuating that the officer was trying to sabotage SPLA while rebel forces under the Shilluk Gen Johnson Olony advance on the oilfields.
Security Council condemns South Sudan fighting
On 14 May, the members of the Security Council were briefed by Special Representative of the Secretary-General Ellen Margrethe Løj on the situation in South Sudan.
The members of the Security Council expressed condemnation at the renewed and ongoing large-scale violence in Unity State caused by the recent Government of South Sudan offensive and resulting in the displacement of more than 100,000 civilians and the suspension of nearly all activity and delivery of aid to populations in the affected areas, over 300,000 civilians, by humanitarian agencies and organizations.
The members of the Security Council further expressed their condemnation of the large-scale attack initiated on 15 May by the SPLM/A (in Opposition) on the town of Malakal, in Upper Nile State.
The members of the Security Council underlined their grave concern that as a result of violence and increased insecurity since the beginning of the conflict, more than 50,000 internally displaced persons have sought shelter and assistance at the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) camp in Bentiu, and an additional nearly 25,000 at the UNMISS camp in Malakal, only further magnifying a dire humanitarian crisis.
The members of the Security Council condemned in the strongest terms the repeated violations of the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement accepted and signed by the Republic of South Sudan and the SPLM/A (in Opposition) on 23 January 2014, and underscored that there is no military solution to this conflict that has now lasted more than 17 months.
They acknowledged the IGAD-led peace process and urged renewed regional and international efforts to swiftly implement a common plan and to table a reasonable and comprehensive solution to end the crisis in South Sudan.
In this context, they reiterated their willingness to impose sanctions against those who threaten the peace, security, or stability of South Sudan as established in resolution 2206 (2015), and noted the 24 March 2015 African Union Peace and Security Council Communiqué on South Sudan and the 12 May 2015 African Union Commission Chairperson’s Statement on South Sudan in this regard.
The members of the Security Council reiterated their full support for UNMISS peacekeepers and for the vital mandate they are performing under very difficult conditions, including to protect civilians in South Sudan.
They demanded that all parties end intimidation and harassment against UNMISS and humanitarian personnel, cease ongoing restrictions on freedom of movement, and allow UNMISS to fully implement its mandate.
They further demanded full adherence to the Status of Forces Agreement and permission for the deployment of essential assets and enablers currently being blocked by the Government of South Sudan.