Video: Heavy blast rocks Juba as fighting grips Torit


Smoke seen rising in Jebel area of Juba

Heavy blasts have been heard in the South Sudan capital Juba Monday morning following intense fighting over the weekend.

Radio Tamazuj on Monday morning reported heavy explosions in parts of Juba.

By 9:05am, Eye Radio was reporting fighting at Jebel checkpoint.

The radio reported the use of light weapons and artillery.

A stray bullet also hit one of Eye Radio’s offices.

On Sunday morning, sporadic sounds of heavy artillery and explosions blasted Jebel leaving smoke filtering the air around the UNMISS camp.

Gunships were also seen flying over Jebel area, three times while light weapons were heard on Jebel – Yei road.

Fighting also intensified near Eye Radio with small arms and heavy artillery are being used a few meters away.

By 6:45pm Sunday evening, a huge reinforcement believed to that of the government pushed their way through to Juba-Yei checkpoint.

This was followed by heavy fighting for about 30 minutes…then followed by sporadic shootings at the checkpoint at 7:37pm.

At 7:44pm; the gunfight was not so intense as checked by heavy rain that set in at around 8pm.

This morning, fighting resumed in the capital and was also reported in Torit, 150 km east of Juba.

James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson of the opposition leader said President Salva Kiir’s forces attacked Jebel (Site 2), but have been repulsed now.

“Also there is fighting in Torit,” Dak  said.

Several traders in Jebel market say that almost 70% of the market has been looted by government forces, blaming National Security and SPLA, during the whole day on Sunday.

The looting has continued Monday.

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