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S. Sudan army claims seizure of Malakal as rebels deny takeover


January 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese army (SPLA) claims that it seized Malakal, the Upper state capital Monday has been dismissed by rebels loyal to its former vice president Riek Machar.

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SPLA soldiers sit at the back of a pick-up truck in Malakal, Upper Nile state January 12, 2014. Malakal (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

The army spokesperson, Col. Phillip Aguer said government forces were in “complete” control of the town, located 497km northeast of the South Sudan capital, Juba.

"The SPLA forces have taken complete control of Malakal town. We have defeated the rebel elements that fled into disarray”, Col. Aguer announced Monday, without elaborating.

But James Gatdet Dak, the press secretary for Machar, told Sudan Tribune Tuesday that, “Malakal town is under the firm control of the pro-democracy [rebel] forces according to Gen. Gathoth Gatkuoth, who is in charge of the town”.

“He [Gen. Gatkouth] said an attempt to recapture the town by the pro-Kiir SPLA forces was thwarted and the government’s forces were beaten back yesterday [Monday] afternoon”, he added.


The UN mission in the country said heavy, involving small arms, occurred between the army and rebels close to its Malakal base.

Martin Nesirky, a spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said 32 civilians and two contractors, who sought shelter, were injured when a bomb landed inside their base, destroying its hospital as well.

“The Mission once again condemns any fighting taking place nearby its bases and calls on all parties to respect the integrity of UN installations and the safety and security of civilians taking refuge inside the bases and all UN personnel,” Nesirky said in a statement.

The Secretary General had earlier issued a statement in which he demanded that all parties to the conflict respect the sanctity of its mission’s protection sites.

Meanwhile, the mission said it was currently protecting 22,000 civilians in Malakal, with an additional 70,000 civilians being protected by peacekeepers in eight bases within the country.

According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA), 494,000 people are internally displaced while 86,100 have fled South Sudan to neighbouring countries.


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  • 21 January 2014 09:13, by Peter Mading

    No one is interested in Malakal but the truth remain that who ever is launching the rebellion will not rule the country.

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    • 21 January 2014 09:24, by omoni jr.

      SPLM was luanching rebellion on may 15 1983,and they are ruling now, so pro-democracy or gallantry freedom fighters will rule too.

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      • 21 January 2014 09:49, by mathem jech amer

        Will rule who, some were killed in Malakal yesterday running away while carrying mattresses back to Nassir, poor Nuers, just looters but not for leadership.

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      • 21 January 2014 10:22, by viper

        who can tell this confused little Jimmy so called Gadet Dak that their war has nothing with democracy? does Jimmy know the definition of demo- cracy? folks, your war is just meant to impose dynasty. if not a war to impose dynasty, then why did you changed the name of madingbor to Ngundeng city and propose to name the country as Ngundeng Republic? is that democracy or a different thing? do these

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        • 21 January 2014 10:31, by viper

          people really think like human beings? why not wait for 2015 if you were really meaning what is called democracy? can one tribe impose itself on the other 63? will that be democracy? can the Nuers liberate the country and rule it like humans? do Nuers have humanity? why kill disables and burn the cities to ashes? do they mean destruction or democracy? I th

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          • 21 January 2014 10:36, by viper

            con..... think Nuers of Riek wants to be named as the forces of destruction or pro- destruction not pro-democracy. I have never heard of a tribe rebelling just because of an old magic prophecies. Ngundeng has just fooled you guys. you have just destroyed your states and in the end, u will regret

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      • 21 January 2014 10:27, by kuac Agol

        OMoni or whatever u call urself, the SPLA rebellion in 1983 would not be compare with this senseless rebellion of so call DR. Machar who is now loosing its stronghold and decide to live with his girlfriend by making the UN compound for both hibernations and enjoying their temporary conjugal right, please tell them that the compound is for the humanitarian rather than using as matrimonial home

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      • 21 January 2014 13:05, by Deng II

        What is wrong with Nuer, they are killing chuluk in Malakal, even the doctors. check this out. http://allafrica.com/stories/201401200706.html

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        • 21 January 2014 13:12, by Deng II

          - Nuer madness chased away their supporters. What tribes in SS would support Neur rebellion? I think they just fighting for sake of killing only, not for democratic as they talking about.

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      • 21 January 2014 16:22, by Tutbol

        omoni jr,
        Your name with discussions on this sites sounds ’LRA’ criminals. Keep barking, but you are not even S Sudanese, this piece of art from our Africans-Americans cousins:http://www.whosdatedwho.com/tpx_62402/jaheim/songs

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      • 21 January 2014 16:39, by what the hell

        how this freedom fighters,who are they fighting for can you explain clearly,you cannot organise one tribe again the whole Country, want we rebellion in 1983 it was not Dinka or Nuer, it was a collective of most of southern Sudan, but we did not call ourselves freedom fjghters so you better change your Name

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      • 22 January 2014 00:55, by George Bol

        Nuer are crying like wolf,but they must know that the worse are still to come if they keep dreaming about Riek Machar leadership. Guys, you riek is dead for good!
        Now, we control all capital cities, where will you go? we will hunt in in Nasir, Akobo, Ayod, and else where in the South. UNMIS has been leaking our information unknowingly,but after we realized that we captured all towns ease.

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    • 21 January 2014 09:34, by Tut Tut

      Off course this is untrue that this rebellion is intended by those fall under that description.The fact is, Machar and his group are dealing with an existential threat imposed on them by Museveni-Kiir genocidal plan to deal with Nuer as a society as is the case of Juba Massacre.Who to blame for this mess? Ans, "the conspirators". This is SSTV, Truly Tribal. Was there a coup? May be civilians did!!

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    • 21 January 2014 09:49, by Johndumo14

      Riek machar is giving conditions after conditions
      Release of political prisoners,withdraw of uganda troops or they will not sign the ceasefire.
      If he dinot sign the ceasefire ,what can he do? South sudan is already in war,people killed,towns distroyed,let SPLA AND REBELS OF Riek fight like what they did in 1991 and see who is the winner,Kiir must not be intimidated by Riek,we don`t work with threa

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      • 21 January 2014 09:59, by omoni jr.

        Do you know what "DOMU"mean?
        It is traditional alcohol,and it is the one messing salva kiir up when he visited the Bhar gazels region last year,you probably drank some today that’s you talk sharp sharp.

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        • 21 January 2014 12:20, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

          To Omoni jr.
          You and your tribal nuer leader Riek are very stupid and stupidity comes from You.you are talking of alchocol and your tribal leader Riek used to consumpt it and that’s why he took Helde F.Johnson as his concubine.now that you are defeated where will u go absentminded and primative.dirty nuer will die of hunger & that is what u deserve i diot.

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    • 21 January 2014 09:50, by mathem jech amer

      The fighting in Malakal did not take long because all those Nuers were just busy trying to run away with what was looted, so a few of them were left to fight, enevntually they disappeared within one hour.

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    • 21 January 2014 12:21, by Johndumo14

      Dr. Riek Machar said Uganda fighter jets have tried to kill him and his commanders.
      Riek Machar begins, to cry now,but what is the meaning of war? Kiir and M7 will not rest until you are arested or killed blieve me or not,Iam sure by this time you are sick with malaria or planning to run to Khartoum. From good life to Jungle life,there is a lot of sickness in S.Sudan Jungles.
      Your days are num...

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  • 21 January 2014 09:15, by omoni jr.


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    • 21 January 2014 11:20, by viper

      omoni Jr, with my gr8 respect to u, I want u to retract the word democracy. yes we are for democracy but should not be in that way. comrade, if you have decided to side with the rebels, u better say destruction oyeeeeeeeeeeee rather than democracy. it is good that you are not in the field with the rebels, but just a sympathizer in abroad. I think you have seen the destruction they did within a m

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  • 22 January 2014 00:39, by San Manyuon

    I may be one Southern who didn’t know what the rebels were fighting for, but as per this article Machar press reporter may have coined the reason of rebellion as "pro-democracy". But if this is in fact the case, why is the rebel comprises of only Nuer, why are they killing civilians mostly dinka and those whom any leader will lead? Why did we burn down the cities to ground zero? Let return to calm

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  • 22 January 2014 03:15, by Tango Alpha

    Brothers and sisters, let us post our messages and let be carful to what we are saying or posting because not all Nuer or Dinka who cause this problem of today.It was just one man whom we all know who he is and what kind of a person is he. So for me i have problem with Riek Machar who always stabbed in the back of Janubin when Janubin are progressing ahead.

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