JUBA, Sudan – In a latest wave of violence; at least fifty five fighters were killed during the clashes between troops of south Sudan and rebel militia. The clashes erupted in south of Malakal, just across the border in Jonglei state.
Upper Nile State Information Minister Peter Lam Both not only confirmed the causalities but also told that a number of troops and civilians were wounded as a result of bloody clashes.
The oil-producing south voted to separate from the north in a January referendum promised in a 2005 peace deal that ended decades of civil war in Sudan. Since the historic poll, the region has been caught by violence and insecurity.
The southern army (SPLA) is at war with at least seven rebel militia, and traditional tribal clashes have intensified with the onset of the rainy season, according to the United Nations, which says more than 800 people have been killed this year.