June 25th 2018 (Nyamilepedia) – Fighting break out this morning between forces loyal to the South Sudan’s government and those loyal to the SPLA-IO under the leadership of the country’s former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny-Dhurgon, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman said in a statement seen by the Nyamilepedia
“This morning at about 6:00AM as Face-to-face is to resume in Khartoum, the regime send a heavy force of SPLA IG combined with JEM militias on one Woral truck and seven Land cruisers; escorted by four APCs to attack the SPLA IO defensive position in Omboro in Wau. Our forces destroyed one (1) APC and three (3) Land cruisers,” Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, SPLA-IO deputy spokesman said in a statement on his social media Facebook page.
He said in the statement that their positions in Bagari Payam, Engo Halima, Basilia near Wau town had came under attack by suspected government troops which he said resulted in the displacement of civilian on Saturday.
“On Saturday 23/06/2018 at around 4:33AM, the regime forces attacked the SPLA IO Positions in Bagari, Engo halima and Baslia in Wau State resulting to the displacement of civilians in the mentioned areas. The SPLA IO forces of Division 6 withdrew tactically to avoid civilians casualties but yesterday the 24/06/2018 at around 10:35 AM, the SPLA IO Division 6 forces regrouped and launched an aggressive attack to take back their bases killing 76 enemy soldiers and wounding scores. The SPLA IO lost 18 freedom fighters. Items captured in good working conditions include,” he added.
The rebel officer said their forces captured military equipment from government forces who attacked them pointing out that government troops as also building up along Juba-Nimule road in preparation to attack their bases.
“There is also a built up of regime’s forces in post Mangat along Juba Nimule Road with aim of attacking the SPLA IO positions in Pageri, Magwi and Torit and also disrupt any possibility of establishing cantonment centers in Imotong State,” he further said.
He said the fighting is ongoing as of now and called on the CTSAMM and UNMISS to investigate these violations as soon as possible and bring those responsible to books.