SPLA on Thursday carried out deadly attacks against rebel-controlled Tem area, 12 km north of Ayod town in Jonglei state.
The rebel governor of Phou State, Major General Gabriel Duop Lam, on Friday told Radio Tamazuj the SPLA-IO managed to intercept the government forces and repulse the attack and push them back to their positions inside Ayod town.
He claimed that SPLA-IO inflicted heavy losses on SPLA-Juba, the government forces and encircled them in Ayod town “with no route for reinforcements or supplies from either Bor side or Malakal”.
SPLA marches on Bor, Twic, Akobo, Uror counties
After the Ayod attack, SPLA is now mobilising in Bor, Twic and Uror counties ready to attack Riek Machar’s rebels.
SPLA is reportedly moving toward the Lou Nuer territory and were seen crossing Jonglei Canal from Gadiang to Poktap via Panyagor in Twic East County on Thursday.
According to Koang Rambang, the rebels deputy governor of Bieh State, a Lou Nuer territory of eastern Jonglei, they are ready to resist the attack.
SPLA intends to overrun Bieh State by capturing Akobo Uror, Yuai, and Waat which are currently held by rebels.
Mass displacement due to Unity fighting
Meanwhile, fighting that has been ongoing in Unity State has already displaced up 100,000 people since the beginning of May, according to the United Nations.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator in South Sudan, Toby Lanzer, said military activities south of Bentiu in Unity State have forced up to 100,000 people from their homes.
Civilians living in the areas of and around Guit, Ngop and Nhialdu have been particularly struck by violence and, in an attempt to avoid it, have fled.
This comes at the peak of the traditional planting season, when people need to be able to move freely and safely to be able to tend to their crops.
Lanzer called on military forces not to target civilians or force them to flee their homes.
Also in Leer, aid workers have evacuated ahead of SPLA attack on Machar’s home town.
In a press statement released by Doctors Without Borders / Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) an imminent attack on the town of Leer was confirmed.
Leer is located in the south of Unity and is still under rebels.
MSF said that in one month of this year their medical teams in Leer hospital treated over 1000 malnourished children, and managed over 6500 other patients.