South Sudan: Tension In Warrap State As SPLA-IO Establishes Its Cantonment Sites

South Sudanese soldiers remain on alert despite the new peace agreement and other progress in the capital (Photo credits: AFP)

South Sudanese soldiers remain on alert despite the new peace agreement and other progress in the capital (Photo credits: AFP)

June 6, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —– Despite an agreement over cantonment sites in the three regions of South Sudan, the warring factions of SPLA are on high alert in Bhar el Ghazal region as SPLA-IO begins to establish its cantonment sites in President Salva Kiir’s hometown of Warrap state.

Pursuant to verification by the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) earlier this week, the armed opposition forces loyal to the Country’s First Vice President, Riek Machar, have promptly established its cantonment site in Warrap, lately known as Lol state by both parties.

The IO forces began official cantonment yesterday, however, latest reports from Kwajok alleged that a government faction loyal to President Salva Kiir is planning an attack on the Opposition’s assembly point any time soon.

According to former government supporters in the area, the rebels took the cantonment site after defeating a government troop in the area on Saturday, an allegation that is yet to be independently verified.

Agreed by the two main warring parties last week, the two sides are expected to canton their forces in all regions pursuant to verification by CTSAMM and JMCC.

At the time of this report, the two army headquarters in Juba were still gathering their reports.

While protesting cantonments for the opposition in Equatoria and Bhar el Ghazal regions, the government side carried out major operations led by the Chief of General Staff, Gen. Paul Malong Awan, in the two regions between September 2015 to May 2016, however, the deeply rooted rebels have fiercely fought back leading to many casualties on both sides.

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