Monday, July 11, 2016

Fighting Resumes in Juba Monday
SPLA soldiers stand to attention at a containment site outside Juba on April 14, 2016 (AFP Photo)

July 11, 2016 (JUBA) – Heavy gunfire has resumed in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, on Monday, after a quiet night Sunday evening.

Eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that heavy gunfire erupted this morning at Jebel Kujur site where the residence of the First Vice President, Riek Machar, and his forces are situated.

Government troops were seen retreating from the location of Jebel into the town center after a brief lull of fighting. Heavy weapons were used.

Also sustained shootings have been heard in the areas of Gudele, Tongping near Juba airport.

Shootings have also resumed at the airport area and sounds of heavy machine guns could be heard.

Government officials and military sources loyal to President Salva Kiir said they are shelling buildings suspected to have been used by armed opposition fighters and associates, who were targeted by their colleagues in government.

Also there are those who have changed side in a show of solidarity to members of their ethnic groups killed in Friday clashes.

A number of United Nations peace keepers have been killed. Several UN sources have confirmed the death of two Rwandans and one Chinese peace keepers. Two others are also said to have been wounded.

Fighting is also reported this morning in Torit town, capital of Eastern Equatoria state, east of Juba towards the Kenyan border.

More updates will follow…


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