Fighting intensifies in Pibor – South Sudan

Several villages have been burnt to ashes in Gumuruk County of the Greater Pibor Administrative Area (GPAA) as fighting continues, officials said.

The escalating violence started on Christmas Eve following an attack by an armed Jonglei State youth group on the Bich-Bich area in Greater Pibor.

Simon Peter Ajany, a local government minister in Pibor, told the media on Monday that the attacking youth are burning villages as they advance on the county headquarters, Gumuruk town.

“The clashes are still contained within Gumuruk County in Greater Nanaam. After the attack on December 24, on December 25, they captured the Manakamkuth area,” Simon said. Civilians in those areas fled days before the attack.

The local government minister said the Murle youth are defending the area as the attacking youth try closing in on Gumuruk town.

Commissioner Machot Gatluak Kenyak of Uror County in Jonglei state, where the attackers are suspected to have come from, said they were unaware of the ongoing fighting.

On Wednesday, the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) warned that armed Nuer youth in Jonglei State were mobilizing to attack Pibor.

Source: Radio Tamazuj.

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