FROM: DIV HQ BUNKER
SUBJ: COMMUNICATIONS SNAFU, UPPER NILE STATE
South Sudan government cuts phone networks in Malakal
MALAKAL (15 Jan.)Mobile phone networks are down in much of Upper Nile State including the state capital Malakal after clashes between the opposition and forces loyal to Salva Kiir.
A government official in Juba who hails from the Malakal area said Wednesday morning that networks were down in the entire state except in Renk and Falluj.
It was initially not clear whether some communications infrastructure such as phone towers or generators may have been damaged in fighting, but according to President Kiir’s spokesman Ateny Wek the shutdown was deliberate.
Asked whether the network cuts in Malakal were done by government order, he confirmed this in remarks at a press conference earlier this afternoon.
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