Upper Nile—South Sudan rebels have captured Akoka town, close to the country’s only functional oil fields, rebels and aid officials said Monday, the second major loss of strategic territory to rebel fighters within days. Government forces deployed helicopter gunships in an attempt to recapture the town earlier Monday but all was in vain. this comes only two days after the capture of Malakal by rebels and the subsequent defection of Jonson Olony a decorated Commander for the Shiluk armed wing now called “Agwelek Forces“.
We will attack Paloich oil fields, South Sudan Rebel
SPLA-In Oppositon spokesperson Manawa Gatkuoth said his side is planning to attack the Paloich oil fields in Upper Nile state. He said they are doing so with the aim of preventing the government of launching attacks from Paloich area. “We will talk to oil companies whether the production should continue or not once we capture Paloich,” he said.
Gatkuoth further accused government forces of attacking SPLA-IO positions at Pajut area between Duk and Uror Counties in Jonglei state. “I have just talked to our field commander in Bieh State James Otong, and he said there is fighting going right now in Pajut area” he said, using the SPLA-IO name for the state.