Waat Fighting Leaves Over 150 Dead

Fighting between rebels and Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army (SPLA) forces in Waat, capital of Bieh State in the past four days has left over 150 people dead, the army spokesman said on Thursday.

Waat Fighting Leaves Over 150 Dead
Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA Spokesperson. [Photo by Jale Richard]

By Jale Richard

JUBA, 06 October 2017 [Gurtong]-
Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang said the two-days fighting between rebels supported by armed civilians led to the dead of 20 rebels and 130 armed civilians. Government lost four, he said.

“The rebels lost a lot in terms of personnel. They were not alone they were also supported by armed civilians from different sections in particular elements from Lou Nuer white army. The armed civilians took a lot of casualties totaling 130,” Lul said when giving a security update at a civil society event organized for submitting citizens’ security needs to the Minister of Interior, Michael Chiengjiek Geay.

Lul said over 200 were wounded. “160 armed civilians were lightly wounded but another 40 seriously wounded in total they had 200 wounded and about 35 to 40 rebels were wounded. We also had 20 wounded on our side,” he said.

“You would question the rationale behind this difference because they were attacking us in our defensive position that is why we were able to save many lives. We were not the ones aggressing them, they were the ones attacking us.” He added.

Lul said the civilians from the white army came without weapons but sticks according to the order of their witchdoctor. “Some of them only came with sticks that is why they ended up taking a lot of casualties,” he said.

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) yesterday issued a statement calling on both sides to allow access to the area so that the wounded could be evacuated for treatment.

However, Lul said after the fighting, ICRC was allowed to the area and evacuated the wounded on the sides of the rebels, but when the ICRC was evacuating the wounded on government side, the rebels started shelling, forcing them to abandon the mission.

The army spokesman said the statement of the ICRC was unfair because they did not pinpoint the rebels for not allowing the ICRC teams but rather issued a general statement.

“They should have called upon the hostile forces who are against us and those who are with the white army,” he said.
 

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