South Sudan: Fresh fighting as rebels attack oil town of Malakal

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Rebel forces in South Sudan launched a major assault early Tuesday against the key town of Malakal, the government-controlled capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile state, witnesses told AFP.

“The fighting is very heavy. There is fighting on the outskirts of the town. It’s a very big, coordinated attack,” an independent source said.

SPLA  government soldiers in Nyang, Yirol East  county
SPLA government soldiers in Nyang, Yirol East county

The fighting appeared the heaviest to take place since the government of President Salva Kiir and rebels loyal to former vice president Riek Machar signed a ceasefire agreement in neighbouring Ethiopia on January 23.

Malakal, situated on the bank of the White Nile, is one of three state capitals that were in rebel hands but which were recaptured by South Sudan’s government, backed by Ugandan troops, before the ceasefire was signed.

The conflict in South Sudan, the world’s youngest nation which won independence from Khartoum less than three years ago, erupted in the capital Juba on December 15 but quickly spread across the country.

The fighting in South Sudan has left thousands dead and displaced close to 900,000 people.

1 comment

  1. Adam Tom

    It started as a small thing and it is developing now to make the country fall apart .why can’t our leader learn from Sudan when he treated the differences with his opponents with violence. the result is a failed weak fragile state.

  2. Gabriel Ojomu

    This is nothing but madness on part of the former president of South Sudan. Just because of the Oil in this region, the jackals are not minding slaying the whole people. What a shame!! I do hope AU will do something quickly before this place is turned to a full scale battle ground. The western nattions and other foreign powers are waiting to exploit the situation to their advantages. We had better do something and end these rebels!!!

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