Clashes in Luri near Juba as war intensifies country-wide

Members of the SPLM/A-In Opposition (IO) forces allied with South Sudan's former rebel leader Riek Machar parade outside capital Juba, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

Members of the SPLM/A-In Opposition (IO) forces allied with South Sudan’s former rebel leader Riek Machar parade outside capital Juba, April 7, 2016. REUTERS/Jok Solomun

April 19th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Clashes broke out on Thursday morning in Luri near the nation’s capital Juba. This comes as the ceasefire violation continue to intensify across the country between government and opposition forces loyal to the country’s former First Vice President Riek Machar who has been detained by the IGAD since late 2016 in South Africa.

A senior member of the SPLM-IO faction under Riek Machar told the Nyamilepedia from the Sudanese capital Khartoum that government troops moved out of Luri to attack their position at Wululiet and Lokioro about 2 Kilometre south of Luri between 10:00 and 11:00 am.

“This morning, we were informed by our forces on the ground that the government moved out 2 Kilometres to Wululiet and Lokioro which is South of Luri. But our troops fought them back and give them hot pursuit to Luri,” the high-ranking SPLA-IO officer told Nyamilepedia.

He said clashes were still ongoing in side Luri and their forces are trying to capture Luri in order to stop government from further violation of the ceasefire signed in late 2017.

“We were attacked and we fought back to prevent the government from carrying out such violations in the future. Fighting is still going on in Luri but In cannot say that we have captured the area,” he added.

In a related development, clashes broke out in Bieh state this afternoon between the two main warring sides, the government under Kiir and the SPLM-IO under the country’s former First Vice President Riek Machar Teny.

A source with knowledge of the situation told Nyamilepedia that the government troops attacked Guer in Bieh state without giving much details.

In recent days, situation has been tense in different parts of the country with the waring sides trading accusation for the ceasefire violations. Rebels announced the capture of Nhialidiu in Unity State on Monday while the government denied though residents told Nyamilepedia of the clashes in the Area.

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