Connect with us


Renewed fighting in South Sudan claims 9 lives, 60 thousand flee violence



Renewed fighting in South Sudan claims 9 lives, 60 thousand flee violence
Troubled South Sudan is boiling again as nine lives were claimed over the weekend following renewed face-off between troops loyal to President Salva Kiir and armed men devoted to his rival Riek Machar.
Deputy spokesman for Machar, Nyarji Jermlili Roman said the nine victims died on Sunday when they ambushed a vehicle carrying government troops in Lainya County in Central Equatorial state.
“The government forces attacked our position but our forces, the SPLA-IO, managed to gain back control of the area called Magila, which is between Wonduroba and Katigerre,” Roman said.
But government military spokesman Lul Ruai Koang downplayed the weekend clashes, saying there was “small fighting” between the SPLA and Machar’s forces.
“We engaged them and they tried to put up some resistance, but at the end we overcame them and they fled to different locations,” Koang said.
Thus far, about 60,000 people have fled South Sudan since violence escalated over the past three weeks, the United Nations refugee agency UNHCR said on Tuesday.

Join the conversation


Support Ripples Nigeria, hold up solutions journalism

Balanced, fearless journalism driven by data comes at huge financial costs.

As a media platform, we hold leadership accountable and will not trade the right to press freedom and free speech for a piece of cake.

If you like what we do, and are ready to uphold solutions journalism, kindly donate to the Ripples Nigeria cause.

Your support would help to ensure that citizens and institutions continue to have free access to credible and reliable information for societal development.

Donate Now