SPLA Launches Fight Against Rebels In Jonglei
The Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) spokesperson Philip Aguer has said that the SPLA forces have today taken the control of Malual-chaat and Pan-Pandiar towns in Jonglei and are now advancing towards Bor.
By James Deng Dimo
MAPEL, 24 December 2013[Gurtong] - “We are at present time moving our forces to Bor and Bentiu those areas which were recently captured by Riek Machar’s loyal troops,” he said.
He said SPLA forces will not tolerate the rebels but aim to capture all towns which were recently captured by the forces loyal to Dr. Riek Machar.
Meanwhile reports from Unity state oil fields suggest that the rebel forces have been fighting South Sudan government forces in Panrieng County in the last two days.
The eyewitness said the new rebel forces have today captured 50 SPLA soldiers in frontline in Panrieng County and were taken to unknown place in Unity state.
He told Gurtong on phone that there no sign of celebration of Christmas in Unity state as civilians are moving out from the town in a response to the new calls on civilians to leave the town as they are organizing a heavy offensive against the rebel forces controlling the town if they do not leave or surrender to the government SPLA forces.
Fighting had been going on in South Sudan after last week’s coup attempt in Juba spread into states.