A South Sudanese official has confirmed a renewed fighting with rebel forces linked to exiled leader Riek Machar in the oil-rich unity but refrained to give detail on the number of causalities.
Heavy fighting has been reported particularly in areas of Nhialdiu and Leer regions.
Minister of Information in Southern Liech State Peter Makuoth however downplayed the incident adding that there was now calm.
“This is a continuation to the clashes that erupted in the state previously. The clashes transferred to other parts of the area,” said Makuoth.
However, a rebel official James Yuan in an interview with Radio Tamazuj, accused government forces of burning and looting civilian properties.
“Clashes are still continuing and we did not get the chance to count the causalities on both sides,” Yuan said.
South Sudan oil-rich region has been the center of conflict after the declaration of an armed struggle on the government of President Salva Kiir by opponent Machar.