Breaking: Heavy Fighting in Unity State Continuing!
According to the office of Military Spokesman of SPLA in Opposition, fighting resumed at Guit military post at 7:00Am on Monday morning, and is still continuing.
The opposition accused the government troops of having attacked their positions in Nhialdiu and Guit this morning.
“This is to inform the entire public in South Sudan and the world at large that government forces have launched an attack on our position this morning around 7:00 AM from the Unity state capital Bentiu.” said Dickson Gatluak of SPLA-IO.
“At 7:00Am this morning, The government troops came out in two directions, one group went straight to Nhial-Diu payam South West of Bentiu where our military base is located and the other one went to Guit county southern part of state.” Mr. Gatluak continued.
Other battles around the oil fields began at 8:30am, according to Military sources of SPLA [IO].
The opposition claimed that they have repulsed the government troops and pursued them upto Bentiu where the battle intensified this afternoon.
Gatluak said that their forces are determined to flush out the government troops from the Capital, Bentiu; adding that the government is using the town as a strategic launching pad on their positions.
“Since the government is using Bentiu as its strategic area for military offensive against our forces around. We would make sure that they are smoke out of the town before they make more military assault on us.” Gatluak said.
Latest reports from Juba confirms that Brig. Gen. Kerbino Ruai Top, who commanded the government troops, has been wounded on both legs.
According to reliable reports from Juba, the general remains in a very critical condition at Juba Medical Complex.
Brig. Ruai Top,who was deployed to division 3 in Aweil, was reinforcing a government troops led by Gen. Thayib Gatluak, and an allied militia commander, Mathew Puljang.
The SPLA General headquarters in Juba has confirmed the heavy fighting in Bentiu, however, accused the rebels for initiating the attacks on their positions.
Details on the number of casualties and other loses are yet to be confirmed.