South Sudan

Fresh Fighting Breaks Out In Bentiu

cheap geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>According to National Courier, seek heavy fighting has been reported outside Bentiu.

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The Rebel spokesperson, Peter Riek Gew, told Sudan Tribune that SPLA attacked their hideout in the north of Unity state on Sunday night.

“We have been respecting [the] ceasefire agreement for so long but the SPLA never do that. We have managed to repulse [a] twin attack launched by [the] SPLA on us that led to our gallant forces – SPLA in Opposition – to capture Tor-abieth, Tharwangyiela, kilo 30 (Sikasik) which is known as Kubur Nyabol,” Gew was quoted as saying.

It is also reported that people have been fleeing the town for the past three days.

Parallel reports say real fighting started on Sunday night with sounds of heavy artillery being heard in the outskirts of the town.

SPLA Spokersperson, Col Philip Aguer says they repulsed rebels who planned to take an oil refinery today, morning.

The Bentiu violence ceased after the government took over the town and splashed out rebels under Maj Gen James Koang Chuol sometime in January this year.

As it looks now, war could return to Bentiu considering that it is the biggest oil producing state in South Sudan.

While warning IGAD not to deploy the stabilisation force, rebel leader, Dr Riek Machar hinted on his intended march onto the oil regions.

On the contrary, President Salva Kiir has not been sitting either.

He recently re-opened talks with Sudan President Omar Al-Bashir with the intention to protect the oil fields.

Now with each side showing more interest in the oil more than before, full scale war could soon break rock the Unity States.

Elsewhere, skirmishes between the rebels and SPLA have been ongoing in Upper Nile States and Jonglei State since the start of the year.

It should be noted that the IGAD Monitoring and Verification Teams just kicked off their probe into allegations of the ceasefire violations.

(Sources: ST, NC)


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