Ugandan Air-force Bombs South Sudan Rebels’ Territory in Upper Nile
Sept 6, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Latest reports from Panyikang and Tunja confirm that at least two Ugandan helicopters have dropped random explosives and chemicals on rebels strongholds in Panyinkang, Tunja and Nyijuat Payam at 12pm this afternoon.
According to rebels military spokesmen, Col. William Gatkiath Deng for the SPLA-IO mainstream and Brig. Gen. Nyagwal Ajak Dengkak who speaks on behave of Agwelek division in Upper Nile, Uganda government is involved in the recent violations of South Sudan Permanent Ceasefire Agreement that was recently signed by the two warring parties.
“This afternoon at 12:00AM, two Ugandan helicopter gunships fighting on the side of the government of South Sudan continuing aerial bombardment at our bases in Panyikang county, Tonga and Nyijuat payam in Upper Nile state.” Col. William Gatjiath said.
“They are targeting both military and local civilian population around. The SPLA/Juba faction is continuing making random shooting at civilians and burns some villages nearby.” he explains.
The military intelligence of SPLA forces reiterates that the Ugandan Jet Fighters, which are substituting the South Sudan’s civilians gunships used earlier in the war, are stationed in Paloch oilfields.
The rebels report that the warplanes have bombed their positions for the last four days, mostly in Upper Nile state.
According to Brig. Gen. Nyagwal, who was demonstrating some of the military gains the rebels have made near Tunja after they defeated the attacking marine convoy, which comprises of three barges and five gunboats, Juba was frustrated by the lost of their marine force and military hardware in Upper Nile and Jonglei states.
“This is the true photo of large barge that sank (drown) destroyed by agwelek forces along the White Nile river causing serious frustrations to government of Salva tribal regime in Juba.” Brig. Gen Nyagwal said.
Nyagwal believes that the recent attacks on their positions by the government forces is an attempt to recover or rescue any remnants of the equipment and soldiers from the barges.
The government spokesman, Michael Makuei Lueth, in his response from Juba confirmed that the convoy was fully loaded with explosives, military hardware, missiles, ammunition and SPLA forces to defend their procurement.
“And that barges was loaded with explosives, so there happened the explosion […] so the barges could not there after move to Malakal because that same barge which exploded blocked the Nile” Makuie said on the government program, SSTV.
Although the Minister did not explain what happened next to the boats after their journey was halted, the rebels explained that they captured the leading barges at the scene and alleged that the remaining boats were captured near Pangak in Jonglei state.
“Our forces destroyed one militarily barge and [captured] five others gun boats, including a number of militarily ammunitions from the government” said Johnson Kuol Gai, the deputy military governor of Phou (Jonglei) State.
Rebels Threatens To Figh Back if War Continues.
Col. Gatjiath reiterates that the act of aggression by Salva Kiir’s regime is a clear violation of the agreement and if nothing is done, the rebels would be provoked to response militarily.
“It is clear that the government is violating the Permanent Ceasefire declared by 27th/8/2015 by two warring parties. This agreement becomes fragile and may provoke the other situation” Gatjiath said.
“As, the movement, it’s not our interest to go back to war after the signing of this Permanent cease fire but Juba government is forcing us to unpopular kind of retaliation that may come soon if the government still continue belligerent on our bases.” Col Gatjiath said in his media briefing from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.