Rebels Say They Control Unity State Oil Fields

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Moses Ruai, the Spokesman of the Unity State Interim Military government told Gurtong on Friday that committees are being formed by the interim government and are currently on the exploration of how to resume and better oil production after temporary suspense following clashes last week.

On December 21, the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) forces loyal to former Vice President Dr. Riek Machar seized Unity State with rebels now saying they are activating resumption of oil.

After they seized Bentiu town then, the Commander of the SPLA-turned rebel Maj. Gen. James Koang declared himself the Interim Military Governor and suspended all Ministers and appointed caretakers.

The rebels seized the town after fierce battle with the government forces with hundreds of both civilians and armed men reported to have lost their lives.

Rebel Spokesman of Unity State Interim Military government Moses Ruai Lat said the oil production was suspended following the clashes.

“Now there are committees that are being formed – by the Interim Military government – for Tharjath oil field and also Unity State oil fields to meet over and discuss on activities and for the normal resumption of all the oil fields,” Moses told Gurtong.

He denied statements by South Sudanese Defense Minister and army Spokesman that the rebels only control the State capital, Bentiu.

Kuol Manyang, the South Sudanese Defense Minister early Friday told Gurtong that Riek’s forces only control Bentiu but not the whole state.

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