JUBA, (Xinhua) --
The South Sudanese army and the main rebel group
are trading blame for the renewed fighting that erupted in the
northern parts of the country earlier this week.
The Sudan People’s
Liberation Army (SPLA) and the rebel group SPLA-in Opposition
(IO) led by former first deputy president Riek Machar on
Thursday renewed counter accusations of truce violation in the
former Unity State.
warring factions on Aug. 5 signed a new power sharing and
cease-fire deal in the Sudanese capital of Khartoum aimed at
ending five years of civil war.
The foes in the
country’s civil war had previously violated several cease-fires
brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD),
an East African regional bloc since the conflict erupted in
Spokesman Lul Ruai Koang told media that rebels allied to the
SPLA-IO attacked two government control areas in northern Liech
state on Tuesday killing four SPLA forces and injuring scores.
Koang called on the
peace monitor, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security
Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM), to investigate the
alleged truce violation.
forces on 21 attacked our position in two areas of Northern
Liech state, we lost four service men and nine of the attackers
were killed. That was a serious violation of the ceasefire,”
“We urge CTSAMM to
visit the area where the attack took place so that they know who
was on the wrong side,” he added.
Lam Paul Gabriel,
SPLA-IO deputy military spokesperson, denied the government
accusations, accusing the government of trying to dismantle
opposition forces from their cantonment areas before the final
signing of the peace agreement.
“That is a baseless
accusation. They are just trying to cover up their aggregation
because whenever we try to open up our cantonment sites, they
try to disorganize our forces,” Lam said.
South Sudan has been
embroiled in over four years of conflict that has taken a
devastating toll on the people, creating one of the fastest
growing refugee crisis in the world.
A peace deal signed
in August 2015 between the rival leaders under UN pressure led
to the establishment of a transitional unity government in
April, but was shattered by renewed fighting in July 2016.
The warring factions
are continuing with talks on outstanding issues before a final
peace deal could be signed.