Pro-government troops and those allied to South Sudan vice president Taban Deng Gai have reportedly killed dozens of civilians suspected to be aiding rebel activity in unity state, a rebel official said.
The opposition spokesperson in the areas of Daplual and Male villages, northwest of Mayiandit county headquarters James Yoach Bideng said the attacks on civilians were commanded by Lt-Gen. Dor Majur in which over 20 civilians were killed.
“For the last two days the pro-government troops and those allied to Taban Deng have been mopping the population there. It is very sad to hear civilians got killed and with their homes being burned and chopped down,” Yoach told plural news website, Sudan Tribune
Last week, the official added, armed groups launched major offensives against Machar forces in the area, with an intention to dislodge and regain more territories within the oil-rich Unity state.
Also, clashes were earlier this month reported between forces allied to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to South Sudan’s armed opposition leader in Nhialdiu and Jazeera areas of Rubkotna county.
About 20 aid workers were reportedly caught up in the clashes between rival forces, but later released by the rebels in the area.
In the last two year, however, Daplual and Male villages have hosted thousands of civilians who abandoned their homes in Koch, Rubkuay and Leer areas, as a result of the ongoing skirmishes.
It is believed the area was safer for humanitarian agencies assisting those in need, but thousands fled due to recent attacks between the rival factions.
Source: Sudan Tribune