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Over 68,000 people displaced by rebel attack in Jonglei’s Duk county

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February 25, 14 (BOR) - Over 68,000 displaced civilians from Duk county in South Sudan’s Jonglei state are now on move to Twic East county on foot after an attack on their villages on Monday 24 February by rebel fighters, local officials say.

A large force, reported to be allied to South Sudan’s former Vice President Riek Machar, attacked Duk Padiet, Dongcak and Mareng in Duk county, killing three civilians in the attack.

Elijah Mochnoom Wuor, who narrowly escaped from the attack told Sudan Tribune in Bor that a "large population is now on move to Twic East", expressing his fears of losing children due to hunger.

"The attack happened on Monday in many parts of Duk county, killing three people. They looted and burned some houses. Their aim was to loot, even the Lost Boys’ hospital in Duk Payuel, the main Hospital for eye surgery for all the people in the state was destroyed", Mocnoom explained.

In the same attack, the rebels injured two people, according to the commissioner of Duk County, Elijah Mocnoom Wuor.

"Their aim was to loot. The schools, health facilities and government buildings in the County headquarters of Mareng were all looted or destroyed”, he added.

Over the weekend fighting took place between the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and the rebels - the SPLM/A-in-Opposition - in Gadiang. Military sources say that over 170 rebels were killed in three rounds of heavy attacks before the rebels were repelled. Nineteen SPLA soldiers were killed in the same attack.

According to the commissioner, the rebels left most places in Duk and "are now regrouping themselves" possibly for second attack, adding that the SPLA have occupied strategic areas for maximum protection.

Of the 710,600 people who have been displaced within South Sudan since the crisis begun in December almost 130,000 are in Jonglei. A further 171,000 have fled to neighbouring countries according to the United Nations.

Jonglei has seen some of the worst fighting after a large part of the army defected in the days after the conflict began in Juba.

(ST)

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  • 26 February 2014 07:12, by Chol A.

    Rebels have no choice n they will be shame to come back while their home town are completely destroy. They want everybody to be like them and that ’s why they just loot n destroy properties just to put us backward because they meant to be backward! What a Shamefull they are!! You think you gave us hard time but you are in too. Nuer will suffer badly with concer of shame among SS trbbes.

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  • 26 February 2014 07:14, by Tata

    Is this liberation or masscre? Whom does Riek want to rule? Only Nuer minus Dinka? This is a national Leader for all South Sudanese minus Dinka? 1991, 2013/4, it continues!
    We are allSOuth SUdanese, Nuer, Dinka, Cholo, Fartity, tribes of Equatoria, Awlad malakia, .... etc.

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    • 27 February 2014 07:47, by Black Africa

      President Salva Kiir must go too. He has created tribalism atmosphere in South Sudan, As long he still the President of South Sudan he is going to created more hatre toward the Dinka tribe, which I am against it. So in my own opinion, he must resign.

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  • 26 February 2014 07:28, by Gat Gan Kiir

    Surely, there is no single stone to be left unturned in this war, the war nock Isaac Ngong’s door step, he claimed that there was no genocide in Juba because his nephew escaped narrowly death. Isaac in QLD, I believed you must read this comment, you prepare for the worse, the money which you denied your nephew to get now must be send to your people. It’s better to see peak Nuer language to be save

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    • 26 February 2014 07:57, by dinkdong

      You mean "knock"?
      Your comment sound personal. Who is Isaac Ngong by the way?

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      • 26 February 2014 17:04, by Gat Gan Kiir

        Isaac Ngong live in QLD bro, he talk shit one day about Nuer genocide in Juba, now Nuer declare war to his people, let him dance the tune of loud music by now and see the death by his own two eyes.

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