Rebels Take Control Of State Radio, Hospital In Unity State

Rebels fighters. [File | Jacey Fortin]

Heavy fighting erupted in Unity State on Saturday and continued until yesterday with heavy losses registered. 

“Today, heavy fighting erupted again around UNMISS camp that led to the defeat of government forces …all strategic areas such as the State Government Radio Bentiu 99, State hospitals are now under the rebels’ control,” a state official confirmed to Gurtong on Wednesday afternoon.  

A message read on the state radio after the fall of the state capital appealed to all anti-government fighters to respect and allow all humanitarians agents, UN and other NGOS operating in the State to carry on with their work uninterrupted. 

The message also warned that any soldier found harassing civilians; UN or NGO personnel will be dealt with militarily, adding that “looting of properties is also forbidden.” 

The rebels also urged the citizens to report immediately any soldiers loyal to Kiir hiding in their vicinity as government forces were told to retreat to Warrap state

The anti-government forces are pursuing the government forces loyal to the Salva Kiir led Juba government out of the state. The rebels have reportedly taken over almost all the strategic areas, equipment installations and have also captured eight tanks and other military vehicles.

As the fighting neared UNMISS compound, a bomb reportedly hit the Ghanaian forces’ base but only two IDPS were reportedly wounded.  

Gurtong could not get any comment from the SPLA spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer at press time but yesterday, he said fighting for control of Bentiu was still going on.

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