South Sudan: Clashes between armed forces and Riek Machar rebels leave nearly 100 dead
Around 100 people have been killed and dozens of others injured since renewed fighting broke out Sunday between government armed forces and rebels loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar, an army spokesman said Wednesday.
The clashes took place in a volatile northeastern part of the country with both sides claiming victory, as the east African regional bloc — Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD), an economic bloc that helped brokered a pact between the warring sides — attempts to restart talks aimed at bringing estranged groups to the negotiating table.
Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang told Anadolu Agency Wednesday clashes around Waat town in Bieh state claimed the lives of five soldiers and 91 rebels.
Koang said violence broke out on Sunday and continued till Tuesday, and more casualties are expected as fighting resumed Wednesday morning.