July 9, 2016(Nyamilpedia) —– South Sudan’s rival forces resumed heavy fighting again this morning at the SPLA-IO headquarters in Jebel.
According to the Press Secretary of South Sudan’s First Vice President, James Gatdet Dak, their forces were attacked by Salva Kiir’s forces at Jebel base.
“Our forces have been attacked at Jebel base minutes ago. Sporadic shooting is going on now. We hope it will not escalate. Updates will follow” James Gatdet said.Gatdet confirmed that
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Gatdet confirmed that the attackers are repulsed but the SPLA-IO forces did not pursue them.
“The force which attacked our base at Jebel this morning has been defeated and chased back. Our forces have stopped and not followed them. Our partner is not able to control its forces.” Gatdet said.
Although what triggered the fighting is yet to be determined, military sources alleged that the SPLA soldiers loyal to president Salva Kiir were angered by a large number of casualties they incurred on Friday.
According to medical sources from Juba Teaching hospital, SPLA-IO incurred a total of 45 deaths and Salva Kiir’s SPLA lost 110 lives on Friday.
South Sudan’s presidency has tried to call for calm in the last two days, however, tension continued to build up.
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