12 dead, 15 wounded in renewed Abyei-Twic youth clashes in Aneet

At least 12 people have died and 15 others have been wounded in Monday’s renewed clashes in Abyei Administrative Area, officials have said.

A number of people, including foreign nationals are also missing following fighting between armed youths from Twic and Abyei.

Mayardit FM journalist, who visited Mother Teresa hospital in Turalei reported seeing 4 people admitted with gunshot wounds.

A nurse told the reporter that those critically wounded have been referred to Mayen-Abun and Kuajok hospital for further medical attention.

Kelek Kon Lual, Abyei Area Security Advisor told Mayardit FM that 7 people, including a 4-year-old baby, and 4 foreign nationals are uncounted for.

Mayardit FM contacted the acting commissioner of Twic County Hon. Mangok Kom Nyuol, but said he was engaged in a meeting.

The security situation in Aneet/Agok has reportedly improved following the deployment of military forces by South Sudan early this week.

There are reports of heavy deployment of SSPDF forces to quell the fighting in Abyei.

General Gabriel Chol Madol, a commander providing security oversight in the areas of Abyei and Twic said 5 choppers loaded with soldiers arrived in Aneet/Agok to restore order.

He said additional 1,500 soldiers are expected to be airlifted to the contested town of Aneet/Agok.

There have been renewed clashes between armed youths from Twic and Ngok Dinka in the area.