Press release from the office of SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, Col Lam Paul Gabriel putting the public road users on high alert. The press statement issued on Saturday urged the public (Civilians) to avoid travelling with military along Juba-Nimule road so that they may not fall victims in crossfire, as it has become clear Juba is using civilians as human shield along the major roads leading to capital Juba.
"Due to the incident that happened on the 8/06/2017 on Juba Nimule road, the leadership of the SPLM/A- IO hereby requests civilians not to use military convoys when traveling to avoid falling victims of crossfire".
Col Lam said all the SPLA-IO forces have been instructed by commander in chief Dr Riek Machar after the incident not to attack civilian convoy travelling without military escort. "The SPLA- IO forces have been instructed not to attack civilians convoys on any road within their reach; they should act only in self defenses. The leadership regrets the lost of civilians' lives in that ambush caught in cross fire. Our thoughts are with the families of the demises" read the statement further.
On a second note, the Commander in Chief of the SPLA- IO, Dr. Riek Machar Teny, orders all his forces to give safe passage to the Mathiang Anyor forces who want to go back to their home in Aweil from their various areas of deployment in the front lines. This has already started in Malakal where a good number of Mathiang anyor were allowed to pass through Bentiu to their homeland and should continue in other regions as long as it is a peaceful withdrawal.