Army burns down village as hundreds displaced | RB

Member of SSPDF walking away from the scene which huts have been burnt by hos colleagues, Romic Town, Tonj East County, Warrap State

Hundreds of civilians have been displaced in Tonj East of Warrap State due to clashes between South Sudan People’s Defense Force (SSPDF) and armed civilians that have persisted since 9th of August.

The latest deaths toll is 130 plus with over 50 people injured at the time of cease fire. According to eye witness, SSPDF have been furious and burn down Luanyjang, displacing luacjang community members of Tonj East.

According to the reports, the fight was sparked by a red scarf or what the residents termed as ‘handkerchief’. A soldier reportedly tortured the owner when he refused to handover the material to him. In the event, two people were shot dead by a soldier and the situation escalated.

“The army have been here and burnt everything after reinforcements. We tried to repelled them but we were defeated,” said a civilian who spoke to Ramciel Broadcasting.

Though the situation calmed, the tension continue to take shape as community members, chiefs and some leaders called for Kiir to dismiss military intelligence chief who is also the head of disarmament committee in Tonj, Gen. Rin Tueny.

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