Title: South Sudan’s rebels seize control of key oilfields in the country’s north
Author: SudaneseOnline News
Date: 06-06-2015, 03:43 PM
03:43 PM Jun, 06 2015
SudaneseOnline News-Khartoum Sudan
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The rebels of South Sudan have announced they had seized control of key oilfields in the north of the country after weeks of heavy fighting with government forces.
Rebel spokesman James Gatdet Dak said in statements that all oil infrastructures in Unity state was now in rebel hands, and said the rebels were now seeking to capture the oil fields in neighboring Upper Nile state and starve the government of oil revenues.
"There is now no oil production at all in Unity State. All the oilfields in South Sudan are our targets with the aim to capture and shut down their operations," he said.
"The plan is to close down oil production in both Unity and Upper Nile states. These are the only two oil producing states in South Sudan. We want to deny Salva Kiir's regime from using oil revenues to finance the war," he added.
Upper Nile's state information minister, Peter Hoth Tuach, told reporters that the local government has been forced to shift its headquarters further north because it "currently has no buildings to operate in", Malakal having been "seriously destroyed."
South Sudanese government forces, which are being backed by Ugandan soldiers, launched a major assault on rebel-held areas in the north in late April, in what has been described as one of the heaviest offensives since the war began.
The economy is also facing collapse, according to the U.N.'s aid coordinator --although the government has expelled him from the country for saying so.
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