Machar troops move to seize Unity state oil wells

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Soldiers from South Sudan army relax after heavy fighting in Bentiu, Unity State.

A fresh offensive by South Sudanese rebels in Unity state this week aims to seize oil fields, a parliamentarian representing Rubkona area said.

Gabriel Tap, member of South Sudan’s parliament, said Riek Machar’s rebels attacked Tharwangyela area in the western part of Unite state but were repulsed.

He claimed that the government forces killed many rebel soldiers.

SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel denied reports that they attacked government troops in Unity state.

He pointed out that out that their forces came under attack by the government forces at Tharwangyela area.

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He admitted that at least seven soldiers were killed and 15 others wounded from their side.

He claimed that they also killed dozens of government soldiers

Amnesty speaks

Rights group Amnesty International released a new report on Monday which found sexual violence in the world’s newest country was rampant and torture perpetrated by South Sudan’s government and the opposition.

Amnesty’s report said that thousands of South Sudanese people have been raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict, and are now battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help.

The report revealed how government and opposition forces have committed horrific acts of sexual violence against thousands of people across the country since hostilities began in December 2013.

It also documented the devastating physical and mental implications this is having on communities across the country.

The South Sudanese government had failed to hold perpetrators to account, Amnesty said, and many survivors were feeling unsafe to report what had happened to them, especially if they were accusing a government official.

Amnesty said its researchers interviewed 168 victims of sexual violence, including 16 men across four states in South Sudan, as well as in three refugee settlements in northern Uganda.

In some cases, the rights group said, the attackers killed the women after they had raped them. It added that civilian men and boys have also been attacked, and are particularly at risk of sexual violence while in custody. “Some have been raped, others castrated or had their testicles pierced with needles,” the report stated.

Amnesty called on the South Sudanese government to take urgent action to halt the widespread sexual violence, to make sure those responsible are held to account, and to ensure survivors receive the medical and psychological support and justice they deserve.

The report found that some rape survivors are suffering from fistula and bowel incontinence while men have been rendered impotent.

Amnesty said that the international community had lots of leverage and that it should use it to pressure governments to act.

Government and opposition officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Source: Radio Tamazuj

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