May 19, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — An urgent notification from the office of Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Chairman and Commander in Chief of SPLM/SPLA [in Opposition], urges all the oil companies operating in South Sudan’s main oil fields at Paloch, Upper Nile State, to promptly and safely shutdown all operations and evacuate staffs without delay.
“SPLM/SPLA leadership has asked all oil companies operating in Upper Nile state to shut down their operations and evacuate their staff immediately.” Said James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesperson of Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
“We also ask them to do the process of closing down in a safe manner that will not damage the oil facilities and cause environmental damage. This is a matter of urgency!.” he continues
“This is due to the ongoing clashes between our forces and pro-Salva Kiir’s troops near the oilfields.”he added.
According to James Gatdet, the SPLM/SPLA forces captured Tangrial Bil, the site of oil refinery, which is about 10 kilometers away from the main Paloch oilfields last night.
“Our gallant forces have repulsed and pursued government forces up to the oilfields this Tuesday morning. We have on Tuesday night captured Tangrial Bil, the site of oil the refinery, which is about 10kms away from the main Paloch oilfields. SPLM/SPLA forces from a different direction are also 5kms away from Melut town.”
According to our latest reports, the combined anti-government forces have arrived in the main oilfields and fighting, which began this afternoon, is still continuing.
The Opposition have captured government warship, mounted with heavy artilleries this morning on their way to Melut.
“In the Tuesday clashes we have captured government’s warship mounted with heavy artilleries.” Gatdet said.
Reliable sources further confirmed that the Opposition have captured 57 government soldiers at Longchuk, and slain many government soldiers, who attempted to resist.
Gatdet believes that this fierce assault is a response to government’s full scale offensives laid in the three states of Greater Upper Nile.
“In response to the government’s full scale offensive on our positions in the three states of greater Upper Nile region, we have decided to take control of the oilfields and deny Salva Kiir from using the oil revenues to perpetuate the war.”
In other reports, government troops led by an allied warlord, Gen. Mathew Puljang Tap, is allegedly committing grave atrocities, in what is seen as a Nuer-Nuer inter-tribal feuds in Koch County of Unity state.