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September 2, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebels have warned oil workers operating in the oil-producing regions of Unity state to leave the area.

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A worker at the power plant of an oil processing facility in South Sudan’s Unity state on 22 April 2012 (Photo: Reuters)

The rebel spokesperson, Brig. Gen William Gatjiath said their forces were heading to the oil fields, claims Sudan Tribune could not verity.

“We would, therefore, like to once again remind all oil workers to evacuate the oil fields in Unity State without any delay,” he said.

The rebel official urged oil workers not to ignore their warnings and that failure to comply could mean placing their lives at risk.

The rebels, Gatjiath said in statement, are in control of Guit county.

He claimed rebels under the command of Maj. General Tito Biel Wieh of north division in Unity state, captured the two areas.

Gatjiath further said 20 pro-government were killed while five were captured, claimed which Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

Since its independence, South Sudan has relied on oil for all income, a situation that has significantly compounded the ongoing political and economic instability due to the fall in crude oil prices globally.

South Sudan, however, got the lion’s share of the oil when it split from Sudan in 2011, but it’s only export route is through Sudan, giving Khartoum leverage and leading to the ongoing disputes in pricing.

A civil war broke out in South Sudan in mid-December 2013 after President Salva Kiir sacked his former deputy Riek Machar. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than two million displaced on the country’s worst ever-violence since its secession from Sudan in 2011.

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  • 3 September 14:05, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Nonsense.

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  • 3 September 14:14, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Message to oil workers, in Unity state, or any where in South Sudan, don’t be terrify by terrorist groups, National Army is there for you and non army civilian in the country.

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    • 3 September 14:38, by padiit gaga

      Good Rebels let civilian be free from detatorship leadership it’s time for this Kirimnal to be taken by if because of 1000 innocent civilians he killed. If rebels will not win U.N. will.

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  • 3 September 17:01, by Kat Cok

    Who told you that the Oil Field of Unity is on Operation. It seems that you are telling false and propaganda, because since the time of crisis 2013 unity oil fields is totally shut down till today.

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  • 3 September 21:53, by Kush Natives

    Stupid rebels bandits,always reports nonsense, why not going back to Pagak? First of all, there’s no oil operating in Ruwengstate as we’re speaking unless you’re going to attack the building equipment at the facility. But, come first, you’re totally looking forward to finish up yourselves without notice.

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  • 3 September 23:31, by john locke

    You kiir supporters are funny.. paloach oirl field is obviously operating. Youre weak army cant even defeat us. So you may as well call your friend M7

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  • 4 September 00:58, by Don-Don Malith Rual

    The term itself define what it is," Oilfield " Therefore ,the place should be free from any Obstruction, this is the work of
    Those who re refinary, the Chinese, n those who signatory to the authorised will deal with, it is not anybody else business unless you do not international norm, protecting those facilities, is not a big deal, the nature will protect itself! Ne mindful of your own dearly li

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  • 4 September 14:25, by lou nuer

    That is enough William. Whenever they will not hear or pick the message is up to them. Thank for information that is organized forces aware their enemies and gets ready plus their allies.

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