South Sudanese Rival Factions Clash in Bieh State

February 16, 2017 Fresh clashes erupted between South Sudanese rival factions in the country’s newly created Bieh State.

According Governor of Bieh State, Moses Majok, referenced by open sources, a brief fight ensued between pro-government forces (SPLA) and the armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO in Patuet, Bieh State.

It took government army’s intervention to dislodge the rebels from Yuai. Yuai is the headquarters of Bieh state and a stronghold of the white army, that is, a group of youth allied to the SPLM-IO loyal to Riek Machar.

“The government forces are now in Yuai, but there was no big fighting”, Majok told Sudan Tribune by phone from Juba.

Reports indicate that SPLA-IO forces who defected from Yuai and came to Patuet, where they declared themselves to be government soldiers.

On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, SPLA-IO from Yuai came and attacked them citing betrayal though they were defeated forcing them to retreat.

Government troops now in Yuai, and in full control of Bieh State.

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