Malakal – A fresh battle has erupted this morning, Sunday 1st, November 2015 between the goverment forces and the SPLA IO troops in different locations south of Malakal town.
According to the SPLA IO spokesperson, Col. William Gatjiath Deng, the fighting occurred when the goverment soldiers attacked their position in Obelat, Canal, Doleib and Khorfulus.
“It was at 7:30AM, when government troops launched an attack from Malakal to our bases at Doleib, Wobellat, Khorfulus and Canal. Our forces repulsed the attackers back to Malakal after a serious fierce battle” ~ Col. Deng explained
According to SPLA (goverment) soldier contacted by Wangdunkon Media in Malakal, he confirmed the fighting but saying “the rebels were the one who attacked our position in the first place and they tried to cross the river to Malakal and from there, we took reinforcement to Dolleib hill from Malakal and fought them until we pushed them back to Canal and Dolleib” ~ SPLA captain who preferred anonymity explained on phone to Wangdunkon Media
This latest clashes is one of the series of clashes between the two warring side after the signing of the compromise peace agreement and the parmanent ceasefire declaration by the two principle of the conflict.
Yesterday, the goverment carried out an intensive daylong shelling on SPLA (IO) position in Kuek, southern part of Manyo County in Upper Nile State as Col. Gatjiath explain: “The day before yesterday, government also shelled our base at Kuek South of Manyo County at northern Upper Nile; this is indication that the just signed peace agreement by the two parties may remain fragile as government continues offensiveness to derail implementation of the agreement.”
several other clashes after the signing of the peace agreement have been witness in southern parts of Unity State as well as other parts of Northern Upper Nile including Maban and have all been blamed on goverment side.