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SPLA dismisses claims Bentiu is under rebel control


December 20, 2013 (BENTIU) – The South Sudan army (SPLA) fourth division commander, James Koang Chuol, has dismissed claims that the Unity state capital, Bentiu, had fallen into rebel hands.

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Thousands have fled to the UN compound in Juba after political tensions in the country escalated into violence (Photo: Reuters)

In an interview with Sudan Tribune on Friday, Chuol confirmed that SPLA forces from the rival Nuer and Dinka tribes had clashed, adding that order had since been restored.

Heavy gunshots were fired into the air from the fourth infantry’s headquarters on Thursday night, sparking panic among civilians in the capital.

The sound of gunfire continued throughout the night, although Chuol maintains the situation was under control by Thursday morning despite shooting spreading to surrounding villages around the capital.

The commander, who is stationed in Unity state, confirmed that fighting again erupted on Thursday about 7pm (local time), destabilising the security situation in Bentiu and Rubkotna county.

Four people were reportedly killed in Thursday night’s clashes, although state officials have yet to confirm the number of casualties.

Chuol told Sudan Tribune that he had intervened to defuse the situation following a heavy exchange of gunfire between SPLA forces and rebel soldiers.

The commander said he urged both sides to remain calm and not to let the events in the nation’s capital, Juba, escalate further.

Fighting in Bentiu followed clashes between oil workers from rival clans at the Unity and Tharjath oil fields, which left 16 dead, while over 200 people from the Dinka tribe are seeking refuge in the UN compound in Bentiu town.

According to acting state governor Mabeak Lang De Mading, the incident took place at about 2am (local time) when oil company employees from the Nuer tribe coordinated twin attacks on both oil fields, targeting Dinka employees in the area.

SPLA has reported that two high-ranking officials also died in the clashes, but Chuol did not release the names of those killed.

There were reports of looting in Rubkotna county by local residents and SPLA soldiers.

However, Chuol said the looting was carried out by local residents before they fled Rubkotna for Bentiu and occurred after SPLA forces had departed from the area.

“Now you can even see in the roads now full of civilians taking a huge property to Bentiu”, Chuol said.

Bentiu resident Kalany Khantold Sudan Tribune he blamed the current crisis on the ongoing power struggles within the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), accusing the leadership of destroying the country’s image.

Meanwhile, Khan urged youths across the nation to remain calm and not resort to violence.

“I can say to youths don’t [get] involved [in] this problem. Let us come together and solve the problem to get the solution”, he said.

Tensions have been building in the Nuer community in Bentiu after it emerged around 500 people were killed by security personnel loyal to South Sudanese president Salva Kiir in an outbreak of violence in the capital, Juba.

The fighting has now spreading to different parts of the country, including Jonglei state, where the security situation is deteriorating after rebel soldiers took control of the capital, Bor.


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  • 20 December 2013 17:33, by Msudi

    Bentiu has fallen
    to the hands of South Sudan free arm forces

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    • 20 December 2013 18:04, by Sir King

      Dear South Sudanese youths, please refrain from violence. The case is not between Dinka and Nuer completely; imagine more than ten persons have been arrested in Aweil, allegedly to have been supporters of Dr. Riek Machar. Have you seen brothers and sisters, this a general issues. Only unresponsible security personal try to misbehave but that is not all Dinka.

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      • 20 December 2013 21:43, by Kenyang

        Dinka Malual has no history of harming individuals & friends living among them, who’re essentially part of it. It’s why they’re unique & one of respected communities in S. Sudan. Unlike some who love to degrade & disrespect others, D. Malual lead in peace & in times of war like this, Malual name can’t go missing.

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        • 21 December 2013 03:11, by Tutbol

          S Sudan has long since known that she has some criminals with some inflated egos, Riek Machar, Lam Akol, Majak Agoot, Deng Aloor, Pagan Amum & their bitch Nyandeng Garang. Once the situation calm down, S Sudanese would demand Riek Machar & Nyandeng Garang to be hanged in public square so that their Europeans & US supporters can see that S Sudanese don’t a shit about Europeans or US meddling>>>>

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          • 21 December 2013 03:20, by Tutbol

            in our affairs. Our people have suffered so much to be football played by some few criminals with ocean of egos to rule S Sudan at any cost when S Sudanese don’t even see them fit to rule the. The criminals have never shot their guns to our arch enemy, Arabs N Sudan accept Pagan Amum, but his antics in recent times had muddled the trust of S Sudanese>>>

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            • 21 December 2013 03:30, by Tutbol

              >>> not everyone in S Sudan wants Kiir to rule us for life, we must let him serve his term & we will vote out comes 2015 if got another S Sudanese who convince us with his/her slick mouths---politicians lie all over the world anyway, otherwise no one will vote for them & S Sudan is not another haven on earth where politicians won’t lie, like the rest of the world’s politicians>>.

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              • 21 December 2013 03:39, by Tutbol

                but wanting to rule S Sudanese by the way of force has never been our nilotic plains way of lives, ours way of lives have always been pure democracy superior to Europeans or US democracies. In our nilotic plains communities, people sit down & elect the leaders who will rule peoples in cattle camps & peoples in villages>>>

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                • 21 December 2013 03:51, by Tutbol

                  with no problems at all, the leaders in cattle can even his men to different areas to look for areas where their cow would get fresh water & fresh feed & once his men return, they will call everyone & each one the send men; will have to explain his finds to everyone including the cattle camp leader & in the end the mobs will>>>

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                  • 21 December 2013 04:06, by Tutbol

                    vote for what they think is best place for their cattle’ welfare and their own selves safety. If that is not a democracy, then what is democracy? Taking power by force is by our people as arabs way of doing their things, West Africa peoples even copied it. But in our nilotic plains, that game is childish, our nilotic plains people, just don’t copy things that are not in our peoples’ best interest.

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                    • 21 December 2013 04:22, by Tutbol

                      >>> that game has been in our nilotic plains for millions of years.And yes, the Jieng (Dinka) & Naath (Nuer Nyantooc) have been stealing each others’ cattle, women & babies for million of years as we know it & that is a stains on our peoples. The game has been prowned upon by both communities in recent times to face the external enemies>>>

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                      • 21 December 2013 04:34, by Tutbol

                        And whoever wants to divide our people must be taken care of at all costs. Our enemies want to exploit the differences between Riek Machar & Salva Kiir as being Dinka & Nuer, what about our other nilitic plains’ tribe? who in the world doesn’t belongs to a tribe? Take for example the UK, the country we don’t want to meddle in our country has>>>

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                        • 21 December 2013 04:47, by Tutbol

                          Irish, Scots, Anglians, Welsh & numerous little communities we don’t even read in history books---what are those peoples? they belong to tribes. The Europeans & their US are not our best role model to copy, they are pure evils, take it or leave.
                          But i know so far, they will never be wanted in our state of Jonglei with their so-called UNIMISS>>>

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                          • 21 December 2013 04:54, by Tutbol

                            and its corporate Europeans & US financiers.

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      • 21 December 2013 00:37, by Garang Deng

        Sir King.
        If The case is not between Dinka and Nuer completely; why the did not killed Dinka’s and Equotoria?
        If they don’t mean it to Kill Nuer totally, the security can kill only Men neither children nor women.

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      • 21 December 2013 02:58, by Maguangdit

        Nuer gangs killed over 20,000 Dinka innocent civilians around Upper Nile, even those who made it to UN Compound were gunned down or hacked to death including the UN Peacekeeprs. No forgiveness; forget about peace negotiations and Nuer must face it hot. Dinka blood must never spill in vain again and expect us to sit back.

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      • 21 December 2013 03:59, by Malakal county Simon

        Sir King
        If this is not a tribal war, why the presidential guard are only targeting one ethnic group (Nuer) in Juba?? I,m telling you that’s Nuers have warned Kiir in many times not to instigate tribal war agaisnt two major tribes, but Kiir ignored the warning....

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    • 20 December 2013 19:55, by Maguangdit

      Criminal Msudi and your likes,
      Don`t worry. Preparation are underway for the "D Day". This "Nuer Question" must be solved once and for all! Criminals Riak Machar, Gatdet and their criminal cohorts have no place in South Sudan anymore.

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      • 20 December 2013 22:09, by Mr Point

        There is no evidence as yet that Dr Machar has committed any crime against the Republic of South Sudan.
        However there is reason to believe that the Massacre of Innocents in Juba this past week has been carried out with the support of the President, Kiir.
        Unless Kiir condemns these ethnic executions and takes action against those who perpetrated thees cruel actions he must be held accountable

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    • 20 December 2013 21:55, by omoni jr.

      President salva kiir have been issuing a lot of recklless decrees since the formation of this nation,especially when he drank too much alcohol whiskey. we have been saying that too many decrees under the influence of alcohols will one day turn this nation into chaos. That warning became true...

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      • 20 December 2013 22:04, by omoni jr.

        One question kiir need to answer is ,if civilians were just caught in crossfire as he claimed,why the deads are all Nuer and murdered while they dragged out from their houses? And yet they are Not the one majority in Juba. The ugly president is the one responsible for all innocent lives lost in juba.

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    • 21 December 2013 02:47, by Bentiu son

      What a fabrication report? dear citizen your gallant forces for reform of Salva Kiir’s brutal government had capture Bentiu Town under the command of Lt Gen James Koang Chuol. The commander of Division 4 yesterday clashed with Dr Nguen’s recent integrated militias under the command Gen Karlo Kuol Ruac whom was assigned by Salva Kiir to replace James Koang Chuol.Now Salva Supporters were badly cras

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      • 21 December 2013 02:55, by Bentiu son

        hed military.Yesterday clashed was in Rupkona County whereby Dr Nguen was chased away n took refuge in UN compound in Rupkona while his militias are on run. We the mighty forces took the gear of no return. Salva Kiir brought mercenaries from his notorious friend Yoweri Museveni of Uganda who killed Dr John Garang n Gen George Athor Deng as to protect his painful regime won’t help him forsure.

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        • 21 December 2013 03:06, by Bentiu son

          The Easter African bodies IGADD n world at large should question dictator n killer Yoweri Museveni for direct interfering in South Sudan affairs.Salva Kiir’s Dinkas who massacred Nuer should face Nuer warriors without bring their mercenaries from neighbor country.This conspiracy shown their being puppet n cowardliness but we shall crash them with their Ugandan illegal soldiers together soon

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    • 21 December 2013 06:23, by Tong dut

      This S P L A can not tell fact, their life is to untrue always and still they are senior rebeles how they acts.

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    • 21 December 2013 08:23, by mathem jech amer

      Sudan Tribune is campaigning for Riek also. It is reporting "Nuer were unhappy with the killing of 500 Nuers in Juba". Is it true that those 500 people killed in Juba are only Nuers, this a question to Sudan Tribune.

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  • 20 December 2013 17:57, by Joseph Canada

    Bantiu has fallen to the rebel hands.

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    • 20 December 2013 18:55, by julia

      joseph canada. even if .we would over it soon. gadet is now on a run after hearing deng wol in sudan safari. today at around 2 pm malual chat and panpandara r in the ful control spla mathaeng anyor.

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      • 21 December 2013 00:47, by Garang Deng

        Do u thing Nuer will forgive as/Dinka’s again?
        If The case is not between Dinka and Nuer completely; why the Kirr security did not killed Dinka’s and Equotoria?
        If they don’t mean it to Kill Nuer totally, the security can kill only Men neither children nor women.

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  • 20 December 2013 21:04, by Kenyang

    Looming war will be fought in Nuerland & Nuer will bear heavy burden, where else? History doesn’t lie. When S. Sudanese, Darfuri or even now in Murleland rebelled, it’s fought where rebels are. Greater Nuer community will never wage war just to put Riek to power. As for other communities, they’ll generally remain with SPLA. Unless u r on own self, who can trust traitors like Riek, Gadet & likes

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  • 20 December 2013 22:09, by Gatluak

    at Keynyang, honestly, you will hear different history in few days. Believe me Kiir is no longer a be there..there will be interim president for 2014 and Dr. Riek will getting through election in 2015.

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    • 21 December 2013 03:29, by Kenyang

      Great & goodluck with ur campaign and soon to be elect President, Riek Machar.

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  • 21 December 2013 05:19, by blesssing

    It is good that Nuer are finishing Bor people in Jonglei and Bentiu like that one of 1991 simply because of Mama Nyadeng Garang is married to Riak Machar forgetting her people and her former husband Dr. Garang and so she has to realised the results of her actions.

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  • 21 December 2013 05:34, by blesssing

    Those Senior SPLM Bor people honoured Riak Machar because he knows how to kill them but for us in Bahr el Ghazal, we do not care of what Riak is doing currently, he is going to finish with his people if he visited our areas. Kiir does not kill people and who should be the best, killer or none killer.

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  • 21 December 2013 05:44, by blesssing

    Riak is going to finished Dinka Bor in Greater Upper Nile and i know very well that Bor people will soon run to Uganda or Kenya for refuge forgetting that thier Senior People like Majak Agot and Nyadeng are the cause. In 1991, it was Bahr EL Ghazal who defensed you but now try to participate otherwise you will see unless you kiss Riak’s anus.

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