August 9, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest reports from South Sudan’s Yei, a county within Central Equatoria State, confirm reports of renewed fighting around Yei city within the last 24 hours.
According to Henry Sekou, a resident of Yei town, gun fighting could be heard from multiple directions, raising fear and panic in a town that has been shaken by conflict for the last two years.
Contacted by Nyamilepedia editorial team, Sekou reports that heavy fighting was heard today towards Juba-Yei road, a few minutes after the troops left the town heading northward.
Confirming the reports, James Gatdet Dak, the spokesman of SPLM/SPLA-IO chairman, accused president Salva Kiir’s troops for launching ground attacks on their defensive positions around Juba-Yei road and also around Yei town.
“There was fierce fighting around Yei town today, Tuesday, as President Kiir’s forces attacked SPLA-IO troops in their defensive positions some kilometers north of Yei. The attacking forces were defeated and chased back into the town, as the town has been besieged. Our forces are also in full control of Lasu, south of Yei town towards the Ugandan border.” Gatdet Said.
“Meanwhile, another force loyal to Kiir which moved from Juba last evening, Monday, and attacked our forces on Juba-Yei road has been defeated and their ramnants, including their mercenary Toraboras, have run back to Juba in disarray.” Gatdet buy accutane continued
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Although the cause of these recent fighting is yet to be established, the armed Opposition believes that the attacks were planned from Juba to attack their defensive position both from Juba to the North and Yei to the South West at the same time with intention to capture or kill their leaders but Gatdet said their troops won the battles.
Due to mounting pressure from the region and the international community to send in a regional force, fighting is likely to increase in South Sudan in the next few days as elements, who oppose the deployment of foreign troops, may use anything in their means to try to achieve a military victory before the region intervenes to break the fight.
The city of Yei, which is located to the South West of Juba towards Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo borders, is approximately 170 kilometers or a distance of less than 3 hours drive from the capital, Juba.
Before the conflict, Yei started booming as a business hub, attracting traders and customers from all three countries. Ivory Bank and Kenya Commercial Bank maintained branches in the city but many businesses are now closed down due to frequent fighting in the town.
For the last three weeks, South Sudan fighting has been concentrated around Juba-Yei road. Major highway including Juba-Nimule highway and Juba-Bor roads witnessed clashes making exit-entry to the capital almost impossible.