Fresh fighting between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those backing the opposition was witnessed over the weekend (Saturday and Sunday) as Kiir’s government continue to oppose IGAD’s proposal of a regional force to contain the recent conflict.
Heavy gunfire around Yei, situated on road linking the capital Juba and neighbouring Uganda reported.
Kiir’s government and the opposition led by rival leader, Machar continue to trade accusation on each other.
Information Minister for Yei region Steven Lodu Onseimo confirmed of Saturday’s clashes with opposition forces boasting as having destroyed government’s convoy that had attacked them in the area.
In turn, the Information Minister for Yei region described the attack as an “ambush” of a government convoy by the opposition.
The crisis in South Sudan is far from over with United Nations now threatening an arms embargo on the government failure to cooperate.
Region states (IGAD) have backed the resolution of deployment of a 4,000-strong protection force to support the existing 12,000 member U.N. peacekeeping mission and prevent the current spillover.
The conflict in South Sudan has left thousands killed and more than two million displaced in more than two years of conflict. Many have fled to the nearby states.