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PRESS RELEASE NAS WARNS CIVILIANS FROM USING ALL ROADS LEADING TO JUBA

The leadership of National Salvation Front (NAS) would like to update its members, supporters, and the people of South Sudan and members of International Community on the developments in the ongoing joint South Sudan People's Defense Forces (SSPDF) and Sudan People's Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO) military offensive in Central and Western Equatoria states. 

The situation in Wonduruba Payam is relatively calm after the defeat of the attacking enemy force. 

In Loka West, the enemy soldiers re still maintaining their advanced position in the outskirt of Loka West and are on the move to attack the NAS mobile defense. Generally, the enemy force is in bad shape after being subjected to three (3) successful ambushes. The enemy soldiers lost two (2) vehicles and are unable to evacuate their wounded soldiers back to Loka. 

In another development, there are ongoing joint SSPDF and SPLA-IO troop build-up along Yei-Maridi road, Korgulu areas, and Isebi in Morobo Payam. NAS forces are prepared to counter them. 

In Western Equatoria, the SSPDF attack our base at Bawoji, in Jambo County they were repulsed, sustaining causalities. 

Due to the SSPDF and SPLA-IO offensive against NAS forces in different areas and along main roads, NAS strongly advise civilians to avoid all type of movement including private and commercial vehicles movement on the roads leading in and out of the capital, Juba, due to high risk given the sporadic attacks by the government of Salva Kiir forces and SPLA-IO. The roads from Juba include; Juba-Yei-Kaya, Mundri-MaridiYambio, Juba-Nimule, Juba-Terekeka, Juba-Kejo-KejiLobonok, Mangala-Bor, and Torit-Kapoeta roads. 

NAS regards this ongoing military offensive by the regime in Juba as a serious violation of the cession of Hostilities Agreement/ CoHA December 2017 and the Rome Declaration January 2020 and holds the government of Salva Kiir responsible for the displacement of civilians and unnecessary loss of lives. 

NAS reiterates its commitment to the Cession of Hostilities Agreement (CoHA) signed on 21st December 2017 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and to the Rome, Declaration signed on 20th January 2020 signed in Rome Italy. NAS however, reserves the right of self-defense  

Suba Samuel Manase 

NAS Spokesman. 

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