SPLA-Juba Tanks Destroyed in Failed Attempts to Recapture Oil Fields.
Jan, 22/2015[Nyamilepedia] — A fierce Battle was fought yesterday in Nar and Tom south, Parieng County, Unity State.
According to independent media outlets, the fighting erupted in the morning and went on until late afternoon.
According to our correspondents on the ground, who contacted Joshua Majak, a NGO Staff working in UNIMISS in Bentiu town, the government led faction of SPLA was on offensive.
“I personally saw many military land cruisers and Trucks full of soldiers enchanting and singing songs while the rest of soldiers were blowing on whistles and cows horns too, they were going toward the direction of Parieng county before the day of the attack”. Said Majak
Majak believes that the SPLA-Juba is having a hand in the attack on oil suburb area of Unity State.
On the other hand, the SPLA-IO’s spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruach Koang, confirmed the incident saying:
“today our Position was attack by Kiir’s tribal army forces, But SPLA-IO, AKA freedom fighters, under direct command of Operations commander Brig. Gen. Michael Makal Kuol and 4th Division commander Brig. Gen. Simon Maguek Gai repulsed the enemy to the direction of Bentiu and Panakuach town respectively, Our personals on the ground says the enemies suffers many causalities.” Brig. Gen. Lul said.
“Our Fighters manage to destroyed two battle tanks and one Toyota mounted with unique machines guns also two tanks (Walits) and Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) captured in good conditions after failed attempts to recapture oil fields and facilities that had been under our able command for the last 13 months” Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai continues.
Lul narrated that the SPLA-Juba forces in its futile efforts used all lethal artillery and mortars fires in order to dislodge the SPLA-IO forces which in the process resulted in the destruction and setting ablaze of the precious oil facilities and lucrative oil wells.
“It’s unfortunate that the government is making a bad economic situation worse by destroying oil facilities that would be used to revitalize the crumbling economy once a final peace agreement is signed” He continued.
While Col. Philip Aguer down played commenting, he claims he has no valid details from the ground.
Earlier on the regime’s Minister for Information, Michael Makuei Lueth, blames the rebels for setting the oil fields on fire.
“This area is an area where the production of some many oil wells are pooled and directed to the processing centre in Helgili. They (rebels) set this place on fire. It was not operational of course since that is under the rebels [control],” he told reporters at the information ministry headquarters.
“The fire was burning up to yesterday (Tuesday), but we don’t how far have it [has] gone now. Of course, if oil starts to burn, the fire follows the oil wherever it is up to the wells,” he added.
The details of casualties and who controls the area are yet to be verified.
Salva Kiir’s government pledges to hold generals elections to renew the legitimacy of his government, whose term expires in July, however, the government controls only a few areas of Greater Upper Nile without full control of the other two regions.
Within the last three weeks of January, 2015, wars have ranged in parts of Lakes, Unity and Upper Nile states.