August 27, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— Latest reports from South Sudan’s Yei River County indicate that government soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir have killed five family members and six elders in areas around Yei town on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
According to credible sources, civilians are fleeing Yei River County as government soldiers are hunting families and elderly relatives of soldiers who are believed to have joined the armed opposition and fighting the government forces in Central Equatoria.
The troops, who are mostly from Dinka tribe, entered Yei on Wednesday and killed 5 members of one family in Mukaya village.
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The source explained that the soldiers returned to their barrack in Yei on Wednesday evening but came back on Thursday and killed 6 elders and loot their property.
All the victims are accused of having supported the SPLM/SPLA-IO or having their sons in the forces fighting Kiir’s regime.
The reports reiterate that the two rival forces of SPLA fought on Wednesday in Gimunu, an area located on Yei-Juba road, as government soldiers attempted to claim the area from the rebels but the attacking force was defeated with “huge casualties”.
The resident confirmed that, at least, 38 government soldiers and two civilians were killed during the fighting on Wednesday, forcing the government troops to retreat to Yei town.