The fighting that broke out on Sunday morning in the South Sudan capital Juba, is still ongoing, according to opposition officials.
“Fighting is still going on,” first vice president Riek Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak said.
Dak said opposition forces keep on repulsing the repeated attacks by SPLA soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir.
“President Salva Kiir’s forces are escalating the situation. But we shall overcome it.”
Dak further revealed that President Kiir’s forces were bombing Jebel site with helicopter gunships and shelling it with heavy artilleries and tanks.
“But our forces have defeated them on the ground and pushed them back from different directions.”
He said heavy fighting was also ongoing at Juba international airport.
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Thousands of civilians are seen fleeing into Tongping UNMISS base, near Juba airport.
The conflict that started with gunfire exchange at J1, Presidential Palace, on Friday has so far cost the lives of over 150 soldiers from both sides.
Medics confirmed receiving 109 dead bodies at Juba Teaching Hospital since the fighting. SPLA-IO military said they lost 37 soldiers.
Sporadic shooting resumed this morning as SPLA reportedly attacked Machar army base at Jebel area in the capital.
US, UN, AU condemn fighting
John Kirby, the Assistant Secretary and Department spokesperson State Department, says the United States has asked parties in the Transitional Government of National Unity to take immediate steps to reduce tensions.
The US called on the leaders of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movements in government and in opposition to immediately direct their forces to disengage and cease fighting.
The Chairperson of the African Union, Dr. Nkosozana Dlamini – Zuma, also called upon all the South Sudanese, including the members of the armed and security forces, to support their leaders in their efforts to reconcile the people of South Sudan, and to bring back law and order.
In a statement condemning recent disturbances in Juba, released from AU Headquarters in Adis Ababa, The Chairperson requested the TGoNU, working with the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC), to adhere to the transitional security arrangements.
The members of the UN Security Council strongly condemned the fighting in Juba, South Sudan between soldiers of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and the SPLA in Opposition July 7-8.
The members of the Council further strongly condemned the separate attacks on UN and diplomatic officials that took place in Juba on July 7.
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.