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FRESH FIGHTING INTENSIFIED ACROSS THE COUNTRY

Juba, 9Janury 2018; Fresh fighting resumed in the country despite the major warring parties have declared Cessation of Hostilities and have ordered their forces to remained in their bases. Since the signing of Cessation of Hostilities on 21 December 2017, warring parties have traded accusations against each other. 

The latest accusation against the government by SPLA-IO came on Tuesday afternoon. Col Lam Paul the deputy military spokesperson of SPLA-IO intensified his accusation against Dinka-centric regime in Juba, in the press statement a copy obtained by this reporter. Col Lam says, " This morning, at about 10:30am government forces attacked the SPLA- IO base in Wunu’Lyet about 3KM away from Luri. Luri is situated approximately 17km from nation's capital Juba". "They came on two Land Cruisers pick-ups but they were repulsed and scattered leaving behind four (4) dead bodies and six (6) injured while our freedom fighters sustained two (2) minor injuries". 

Last Thursday the two sides clashed in Kafuri and Gurei, in the suburbs of Juba, later on Col Lam came out categorically denied the involvement of their forces in the fighting, he said there was huge military defection who expressed their discontentment and have refused to be use by Kiir and his cliques to achieve their personal gain.  Lam said the fight was among the disgruntled soldiers. 

"This same morning [Tuesday] also at about 9:45am government forces left their base in Yei and attacked the SPLA- IO forces in Goja. The SPLA -IO cleared and pushed them back towards Yei" he added. 

Lam in the same press statement accused the regime's forces for attacking their base Pabuong in Upper Nile, "The government also came out from Yuai this morning and attacked SPLA -IO base in Pabuong Payam of Pulchuol County. They were pushed back to Kuerluot and the fighting is ongoing toward Yuai town where they came from".  

The statement implicated and accused Taban Gai, Kiir's deputy President for escalating the fight in Upper Nile. Mr. Taban Gai is said to be leading military convoy in full forces with a solid mission to flash out SPLA-IO militarily. "The advance team of government forces under the command of Taban Dang Gai has arrived in Yuai and immediately went on offensive by attacking our position in Motdit this morning at around 10:00 am, but our gallant forces repulsed them to Yuai center" 

More attack is expected to take place in Liech State, the government forces in the area is matching heavily armed troops towards Leer which has seen gross violation of human rights by government forces in 2015 "The regime is preparing to wage an aggressive attack in Leer, Mayendit and Koch after a series of shelling towards the SPLA-IO positions in Leer and Koch yesterday" the statement said. 

In the coming days as expected the regime is also trying to intensify its attacks in Bieh, Pow, Sobat and Adar states. 

"Government forces under the command of Taban Deng Gai and Gony Biliu have arrived in Yuai in their campaign to expand their territories by attacking Ayod, Akobo, Walgak, Lankien, Maiwut, and proceed to Pagak. The government has also brought in JEM Militias and SLA forces by choppers from Raja to reinforce its forces in the planned attacks against the SPLA-IO in the above-mentioned areas"  

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