May 21, 2015(Nyamilepedia) — SPLM/SPLA forces have converged around Paloch oilfields – Adar (Upper Nile) state – from different directions to capture the oilfields from pro-Salva Kiir forces any time soon.
The leadership of the Movement therefore renews strong advice to any remaining oil worker in Paloch to evacuate for safety reasons. We have learnt with disbelief that the government, out of panic, has prevented some of international oil workers from leaving the area, using them as human shield.
Salva Kiir’s government will be held responsible for anything that may happen to their lives in the course of fighting. We call on oil companies operating in the area to ensure that their workers are evacuated.
As we stated on Wednesday, our forces have withdrawn from Melut town. This is because Melut town is no longer strategic to us after we captured it on Tuesday and took all the government’s war arsenal in it.
Our priority is to capture the oilfields and cut off Salva Kiir’s regime from the oil revenues he has been using to finance the war at the expense of the people of South Sudan.
We have however maintained full control of Tangrial Bil oil refinery site near the oilfields. We have also captured Mangok, another government’s strong-hold adjacent to the oilfields.
James Gatdet Dak
Spokesman, Office of the Chairman, SPLM/SPLA
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