Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng, Spokesperson for SPLA-IO, Pagak GHQs, has accused President Salva Kiir of breaching the ceasefire he declared across the country and attacking their positions.
He said as the African Union (AU) and its partners struggle to initiate another political settlement to the escalating conflict in the South Sudan, General Salva Kiir Mayardit is busy committing more atrocities and attacking SPLA-IO positions in Torit, Mangok, Mathiang, Malou, Biot in the Mathiang Payam.
In the case of Torit, the Juba regime forces tried to once again move beyond Enyif and Moti only to be contained by the brave SPLA-IO Anyanya Division forces under the command of Cdr Major General Patrick Ohiti Chapuho.
The shelling by the Juba regime forces of the SPLA-IO positions in the Torit area lasted for less than ten minutes before fear of SPLA-IO response forced them to hurriedly retreat to their hideouts in Torit town.
In the Mangok, Mathiang, Malou and Biot fighting, the gallant SPLA-IO forces of Division Five (5) under the command of Cdr Major General Khor Chuol Giet and Deputy Sector Four (4) Commander Major General Peter Lim Bol resisted and repulsed the Juba regime aggression from the Guelguk direction back to their Malou temporary trenches, where their remnants are now being contained.
In this intense fighting, the Juba regime suffered a very debilitating loss both in human and materially, said Brig Gen Deng.
He noted that in terms of human, the Juba regime lost some seventy four (74) soldiers, including eight (8) officers, on spot.
This is in addition to those injured and without access to any food or medical attention whatsoever.
Materially, the Juba regime abandoned one (1) Worrol mounted with 14 (4) barrels and other four (4) land cruisers mounted with 12.7mm machine guns.
Since the Juba regime has now made it very clear to South Sudanese and the international community that “action is louder than word“, the gallant and brave SPLA-IO forces under the able and visionary leadership of Dr Riek Machar Teny Dhurgon will no longer entertain any further provocations and aggressions anywhere in South Sudan.
“Meanwhile, we call upon the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and the international community to hold the brutal and ruthless Juba regime of General Salva Kiir Mayardit responsible for the worsening, egregious and appalling human rights abuses being committed by its forces throughout South Sudan and in the neighbouring countries.”