South Sudan

Ankunda: UPDF Won’t Engage In Bentiu Battles


link geneva; font-size: small; line-height: 200%;”>The capital of Unity States fell into rebel hands yesterday morning after rebel Gen James Koang Chuol defeated SPLA with the help of Sudan war planes.

In a swift moment, rebels overrun Rubkotna and captured the town on Monday.

On Tuesday morning, they led an assault on Bentiu, pushed out government forces and captured the town.

Unlike it has been with other towns, UPDF will not engage rebels in the oil states.

Earlier on, UPDF helped SPLA to recapture Bor town in Jonglei after defeating the forces of Gen Peter Gadet.

Their air force was instrumental in beating and sending rebels out of Malakal, the capital of Upper Nile States.

It would have been Bentiu next but the incident comes at a time when UPDF is awaiting the IGAD stabilisation force to withdraw from South Sudan.

“We still maintain our positions in Bor, Misitu and Juba,” noted Ankunda while sending off the new Somalia contingent today.

“We are not ready to advance to Bentiu.”

Ankunda further appealed to the warring parties to stop fighting in Bentiu and contribute to the implementation of the ceasefire agreement.

“Our plan is to withdraw as soon as the IGAD forces are deployed,” he said presently.

“When that happens, we will have no cause to remain in South Sudan.”


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