Violence Erupts in Nasir: Clash Leaves Six Dead, Tensions Remain High
Nasir, South Sudan – A dispute over access to a fishing pool in Nasir, South Sudan, has escalated into deadly clashes between the South Sudan People’s Defense Forces (SSPDF) and local youth, resulting in the loss of at least six lives and leaving nine others wounded.
According to Lam Gatdet Rik, former office manager for the Nasir County Commissioner, tensions ignited when SSPDF soldiers attempted to forcefully remove civilians from the fishing pool near Nasir town. The situation intensified on Friday when a man from Cielang was fatally shot by SSPDF personnel, sparking outrage among the locals.
“The victim, hailing from Cielang, was shot dead at Toor Juoch, just two kilometers west of Nasir town,” Gatdet stated, recounting the initial incident. “Elderly individuals intervened, calming the situation without further conflict.”
However, peace was short-lived as violence erupted again on Sunday morning. An SSPDF attack on a man traveling from Kuarjala to Kuachlualthoan left him injured, further enraging the local youth and prompting a clash with the soldiers.
“In the ensuing confrontation, five SSPDF soldiers lost their lives, and four others sustained injuries,” Gatdet revealed. “Additionally, five civilians were wounded, one critically with a bullet wound in the leg.”
Gatdet also reported that SSPDF soldiers set fire to houses in the Hai Puor district before retreating to their barracks. Currently, armed youth control Nasir town and the market, with tensions remaining dangerously high.
“The youth remain present in the town and market areas, while the soldiers have returned to their barracks,” Rik commented. “Tensions persist between SSPDF soldiers and local civilians.”
Amid the chaos, Gatdet issued an appeal to the army leadership, urging for calm and a peaceful resolution to the conflict.
“My message to the leadership of SSPDF is for calm to return to Nasir town and peaceful resolution of the conflict,” he emphasized.
Efforts to obtain comments from the SSPDF were unsuccessful as calls to the SSPDF spokesman went unanswered, leaving Gatdet’s account unverified independently by Sudans Post.
The situation in Nasir underscores the fragility of peace in South Sudan, where localized disputes have the potential to escalate rapidly, threatening lives and stability in the region. As tensions simmer, the imperative for dialogue and de-escalation becomes increasingly urgent to prevent further bloodshed and suffering among the affected communities.