August 6, 2016 (Nyamilepedia) —— A heavy fighting started this morning (Saturday) along the Juba-Nimule vital life serving road. It is reported that fighting started in the early hours of Saturday morning and the government forces are still being dispatched from Nimule to reinforce their colleagues but some contigents were reportedly ambushed around Loa-Pageri area. The source cliams that there are heavy causalities.
It is reported that this vital life serving Juba-Nimule road, the A43 which is the only major road connecting South Sudan with neighboring Uganda is now closed and no civilian transports are allowed to leave from Nimule to Juba.
There is no immediate report about the number of causality but as of now the fighting is still going on. An attempt to reach the spokesperson of SPLA-IO (captain Theophilus Pitia Badru) operating in Magwi County and along the Juba-Nimule highway was in vain as he phone is unreachable.
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In the past SPLA-IO operating along this vital life serving highway threatened to close down the road indefinitely if their forces are provoked and attacked by government forces and their militias’ allies.
In the past few days government forces have been waging robotic ethnic cleansing in Ma’diland, therefore some people here in Nimule speculated that the fighting could be now retaliation on SPLA-Kiir’s forces for killing seven unarmed civilian in Loa last Saturday, two elderly men and a woman in Kerepi, Ikwa, and three more civilians at Kerepi Lunyayo.
This morning fighting along the life-serving highway means that Juba is going to be lockdown indefinitely and the civilians who are trying to escape through this route will have no more escape route to neighboring Uganda.
If the fighting ends in favor of the rebel forces, then this could cut off the government military supplies coming from Uganda on land through this road, and consequently hunger and starvation will increase in Juba and eventual Kiir will not succeed in achieving peace through violent.
Please stay tune as we bring to you more updates about the unfolding situation along Juba-Nimule highway.