On Thursday, the primary oil producing region of South Sudan was divided between army and rebels.
There was a decrease in oil production to about 170,000 barrels per day even before the rebel strike on Malakal. According to ministry official the decrease is caused by technical issues and not about fighting.
Although Juba Government said that peace talks remains, there was a great tension that lead to react when rebels allied to former vice president Riek Machar on Tuesday attacked Malakal.
This attacked poses great concern over South Sudan’s northern oil wells the economic lifeline for Juba.