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S.Sudan Coup:New Fighting Breaks out In Jonglei State

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more about web http://charlesdunn.com/wp-content/plugins/gravityforms/print-entry.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”>Sources from the state that borders Ethiopia have reported that sounds of heavyailment http://coeurdepirate.com/wp-admin/includes/import.php sans-serif; color: #222222;”> gunfire started from the main military barracks of Akobo this morning and went up to late afternoon between the government army and mutineers.


This comes as the third day of fighting in the capital Juba that has claimed about 130 lives according to the humanitarian organisations including UNMISS and 400-500 people wounded as per reports.


Army spokesman, Col. Philips Aguer, told the Associated Press at midday that fighting started on Tuesday night but “it is not so serious and not a point for worry”.


Jonglei state is also the most populous state in the newest nation according to the 2008 controversial population census in the then autonomous second period of South Sudan.


Sources confirmed three civilians wounded in the fight and unconfirmed numbers of combatants in Akobo barracks and neighbourhood, who have all been taken to unknown hospitals.


Chimpreports was also told by sources in SPLA that a gun man killed four people and wounded two in another State, Warrap in the Bahr el Ghazal region in north-western South Sudan bordering the republic of Sudan (north) and the contested Abyei region.


In Juba, the government has appealed to the public for voluntary blood donations to save the staggering numbers of injured people mainly from bullets at the Medical School of Juba hospital.


Government announced return to normalcy yesterday and asked people to resume business but there were still gunshots last night and today
morning thus very few activities of Vehicles and motor cycles took place in the streets.


Meanwhile, foreign countries including United States and Britain are evacuating their nationals from the troubled city.


Other countries like Kenya and Ethiopia have started registration and developing ways to evacuate their citizens as well.


Many foreigners were seen flocking the international airport of Juba today, the first day since the closing of the airport on Sunday night.


In the meantime, the most wanted and lead mutineer Riek Machar has totally denied allegations that he led a coup against the government of President Salva Kiir.


Machar described what happened in Juba on Monday as a simple misunderstanding and not “a coup attempt. I have no connection with or knowledge of any coup attempt”.


More than 1,300 civilians have been displaced, around 60 soldiers killed and lately, 63 mutineers surrendered to the SPLA.

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