Fighting Resumes in Fangak County: UN Spokesman

Addis Ababa, December 5, 2014 (SSNA) — The Spokesman for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Joe Contreras, said heavy fighting between South Sudan’s warring factions has resumed on Tuesday in Fangak County, Jonglei State.

Contreras admitted that the fighting has been going for more than a week. The UN Spokesman also stated that IGAD’s monitoring team has been on the ground as part of its peace monitoring mission.

“The fighting has been going on for over a week there,” Contreras said.

Contreras also called the latest fighting “the most sustained fighting in a single location since May,” according the Reuters News Agency.

On November 28, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has reported heavy fighting in Fangak County with both sides using heavy artilleries after government forces launched successful attacks on rebels’ positions.

There is a widespread fear that fighting could escalate even more during the dry season.

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