Malong’s forces claim destruction of 2 army tanks during Western Equatoria clashes
The holdout South Sudan United Front (SSUF/A) led by General Paul Malong Awan Anei announced on Sunday the destruction of two tanks belonging to South Sudan army after it allegedly attacked one of its positions in Western Equatoria state.
JUBA — The holdout South Sudan United Front (SSUF/A) led by General Paul Malong Awan Anei announced on Sunday the destruction of two tanks belonging to South Sudan army after it allegedly attacked one of its positions in Western Equatoria state.
“South Sudan United Front/Army, SSUF/A, would like to inform our supporters, South Sudanese in general and the international community that our forces stationed in Rongo, Western Equatoria State, came under attack from government forces on the morning of Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021,” a statement extended to Sudans Post by Chol Duang, the spokesman of SSUF/A and Malong’s press secretary reads in part.
While saying four of its service men were injured, the statement said attacking government forces sustained suffered heavy losses as two of the army’s attack tanks were destroyed and said they have moved out of the position in Western Equatoria in respect of the ceasefire agreement.
“As a result of that aggression, four of our combatants sustained non-fatal gun injuries while the enemy forces suffered heavy losses in personnel and equipment, including setting ablaze their two attack tanks,” it said.
“Tactically, our forces have withdrawn from Rongo but could return fire in self-defence in case of further provocation from the regime army,” it added.
The holdout opposition group further reiterated its “commitment to the cessation of hostilities and ceasefire agreement, COHA, renewed in October 2020 and the Rome Peace process under the Sant Egidio community mediation effort.”
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