Heavy gunfire continues in South Sudanese capital Juba between forces loyal to President Kiir and his Deputy Dr. Riek Machar. Artillery fire rings out in the capital Juba and a helicopter gunship buzzes overhead
According to South Sudanese newspaper-The Tribune, Dr. Riek Machar reportedly sent a message to his troops ( SPLA IO units) to attack government positions. He is said to have told the troops that he had captured 50 percent of country’s capital Juba.
Fighting was sparked by a shootout between president Kiir’s and Mr Machar’s bodyguards. The two men met at the presidential palace on Friday, and issued a call for calm.
The newspaper quotes, Machar spokesman Col. William Gatjiath as saying ‘ ‘We are back to war, Machar’s men are marching on Juba from “all directions”
The paper reports that Machar requested for military support from President Omar Bashir of Sudan. And that Sudan airforce is expected to bomb targets in South Sudan anytime.
Dr. Riek Machar has since moved out of his base in Jebel Kunjur in Juba. Col. William Gatjiath, , told the BBC that President Salva Kiir “isn’t serious” about a peace agreement.
Meanwhile, the leader of UNMISS is seeking refuge at US Embassy in Juba. She Informed government that she is not in control of UN troops.