Juba, May 28, 2019 (SSNA) — Fighting between the National Salvation Front (NAS) and the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) have resumed in Yei River state, a statement released by the NAS shows.
In the statement, NAS spokesperson Suba Samuel Manase claims that government forces launched surprise attacks on their positions in Lanyia and Wonduruba, asserting that the government is not happy about the NAS decision not to be part of the September 2018 peace agreement.
“Fighting started on Sunday 26 and continue until 27th May. The number of casualties has not yet been established,” Suba says.
In recent days and weeks, there have been speculations swirling in Juba suggesting that South Sudanese and Ugandan soldiers have a heavy presence in and around Yei River state.
However, a senior SSPDF officer who declined to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) on Tuesday that the government’s goal is to defeat the NAS or force it to join peace.
The NAS says last year peace deal failed to address the roots cause of the civil war and described the pact as “recipe for more civil wars.”