Fresh Attacks In Western Bhar el Ghazal State as Juba Dispatches More Weapons
Dec 5, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — Despite high hopes for peace as the SPLM/SPLA [IO] delegation begins arriving in Juba, SPLA factions in Western Bhar el Ghazal State remain on high alert as the government sides dispatches more weapons and troops to Wau, the state capital.
Since their arrival in Western Bhar el Ghazal on December 3rd, SPLA [Juba] shelled the SPLA [IO] military cantonment areas around the town of Wau.
According to Dickson Gatluak, who speaks for SPLA-IO, the rebels have returned fire in self-defense.
“Today, government troop launched an attack on our military cantonment area in western battle field of wau in western Bharel gazal.” Dickson Gatluak said.
“Since yesterday they keep on bombarding at nearby villages around our cantonment areas; Due to this random air raid, our force acts in self defend.” Gatluak said.
According to SPLA-IO military intelligence, Salva Kiir’s regime assembled over 6000 weapons and ammunition in Bhar el Ghazal for the last few days.
The source indicate these weapons will be distributed to the local youth in the area to carry out attacks on SPLA-IO positions in Western Bhar Ghazal and other neighboring states as a way to distract the implementation of peace agreement.
The rebels have also accused Salva Kiir’s government of using Lul Ruai and David Yau-Yau Militias to attacks randoms positions in Jonglei states to set off new battles between the hostile communities and also between the SPLA factions.
While the SPLA [Juba] has been accused of raiding cattle and burning down of tukuls in Pibor state, SPLA [IO] is accused of attacking villages in Twic East County as Murle are accused of raiding villages in Lou-Nuer counties.
In other reports, fresh fighting between the government forces and “arrow boys” in Wester Equatoria State has displaced more than 4 000 people to a remote region of eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).