Machar’s SPLM/A-IO Gains Ground in Upper Nile
Soldiers of SPLA in Opposition(Photo: file)

Soldiers of SPLA in Opposition(Photo: file)

October 15, 2016(Nyamilepedia) —— The SPLM/A in Opposition under the
leadership of South Sudan’s ousted First Vice President, Dr. Riek
Machar, has cleared many areas, in Upper Nile, from the government’s
forces in the past few days.

SPLM/A-IO General, who chose to be anonymous because he is not
authorized to speak on behalf of SPLA-IO spokesperson, says his forces
are in full control of Jalhak, Doleib Hill, Warjwok, Detang and Lelo
of Upper Nile State.

SPLA-IO General under Machar’s camp alleged that their forces were
constantly “harassed” by forces loyal to President Salva Kiir.

The SPLA-IO General claimed they militarily acted in self-defence and
they are determined to eliminate the harassment by capturing several
areas under the government’s control.

While the number of casualties from both sides of the conflict is not
established, the spokesmen of two conflicting armies could not be
reached for comment.

In Equatoria, the SPLA-IO has claimed to have captured Lanya in
Central Equatoria, cutting off Yei from Juba.

Incidents of armed struggle along Juba-Yei road and Juba-Nimuli road
have been witnessed on daily basis, but such incidents were described
by the government as “bandit activities”, a statement going opposite
to the popular belief that the forces along the mentioned roads are
SPLA-IO fighting forces.

Machar, in exclusive interview with VOA from South Africa on Thursday,
said he is not “fighting a new war, Salva Kiir already started the
war” and he’s fighting to stop Kiir’s onslaught.

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