Tensions Remain High Along S. Sudan-Sudan Border After Weekend Killings

At least 7 people from the Sudanese tribe of Messirya have been confirmed dead after being attacked by armed robbers believed to be from South Sudan in War-guet and Majok municipality at the border of Sudan and South Sudan.

By Agoth Abraham

WARAWAR, 14 March 2017 [Gurtong] -
An eyewitness who requested for anonymity told Gurtong that the attack was carried out early on Thursday and Friday last week which has resulted to deaths and injuries of at least 9 people.

“As we were coming from Meiram with our goods heading to Majok, we found heavy fighting going on there along the border, we could not move to cross as the fighting was still on-going but we had to get some escorts from the Sudanese Messirya tribes’ armed men.” He told Gurtong.

Similar fighting also erupted within the territories of South Sudan on Saturday when the barracks of the SPLA Lion Division was attacked by unidentified armed men.

In this fighting heavy casualties were reported from both sides where ten armed men were reported killed and the seven others confirmed dead from the SPLA side.

On Tuesday, heavy reinforcement from the SPLA within the division headquarters at Wun-yiik has been sent to calm the situation there.

Despite several peace conferences signed between the two bordering tribes of Sudan and South Sudan, it is not clear what provoked the tension as the two sides have failed to confirm officially the causes of bloodshed from both sides and whether those killed are from their respective communities so far.
 

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