World Bulletin / News Desk
The South Sudanese army claimed on Saturday the recapture of Bor, the capital of the Jonglei State from rebel forces loyal to sacked vice president Riek Machar.
"Fighting was intense in the areas of Pariak, Sudan Safari and Diak but the rebels were repulsed and they ran towards the northern part of Jonglei," army spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer Panyang told a press conference in the office of the presidential press secretary in Juba.
Aguer said the town was captured at 1pm after an intense fight for several hours.
He accused the rebels of burning down many houses as they fled the town.
The army spokesman said there were no prisoners of war, adding that there are clear instructions that any rebel caught in combat should be treated humanitarianly.
He also said the army forces have been given strict orders against attacking the compounds of the UN or humanitarian aids agencies.
This is the fourth time Bor is changing hands between the government troops and the rebels.
The rebels first took control of the town at the onset of the fighting in mid-December before the government recaptured it on Christmas eve.
The rebels then regained control again on December 31st.
South Sudan has been shaken by violence since mid-December, when President Salva Kiir accused Machar of standing behind a failed coup attempt against his regime.
Although Machar had initially denied involvement in the alleged coup, his forces have reportedly since captured parts of both the Jonglei and Unity states.
More than 1,000 people have reportedly been killed in the recent unrest in South Sudan and over 230,000 displaced.Last Mod: 18 Ocak 2014, 17:15