163 killed in battle against insurgents at South Sudan border

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Bor, South Sudan

March 28, 2013

163 people are reportedly killed in a battle between the South Sudan Army and the insurgents at South Sudan border. About 143 causalities are on the side of the David Yau Yau's rebel group.

An airstrip at Okello located in the remote part of Jonglei region that is used to supply weapons to the insurgents was taken into control. SPLA spokesman Colonel Philip Aguer said that airstrip was under by Khartoum (Sudan) intelligence to supply weapons to the rebel group for a year now. While Sudan was pointed the finger for supplying the weapons, the former denied of any role.

Meanwhile, 20 soldiers if the Sudan People Liberation Army (SPLA) lost their lives in the battle. Another 70 are injured in the operation that was taken up to wrest control from the rebels of the airstrip in Okello, in Pibor County.

The region has little or no infrastructure of any type and hence it will be months to identify the casualties. Further, investigation on the whole episode would take months.

May being a dry season, the operations would come to a stop.

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said that the fighting in the region has increased the number of people fleeing, particularly to Kenya. As many as 360 refugees are registered fleeing to Kenya since the beginning of the year, compared to 45 a year over the last few years.

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