Home | News    Tuesday 4 March 2014

UN witnesses “large” movement of opposition forces in Malakal town

separation
increase
decrease
separation
separation

March 3, 2014 (JUBA) – The United Nations said it saw large movements of opposition troops in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state capital around the airport and on the road to Nassir county, raising fresh fears of renewed tension in the oil-rich region.

JPEG - 21.2 kb
South Sudanese rebels pictured in Jonglei state on 31 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Malakal, a strategic town about 497km north of Juba, has seen the worst outbreak of violence in the recent days, having changed hands four times between rebels and pro-government troops.

Both rival factions have accused each other of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement they signed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 23 January.

"The UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) reports that it has seen large clouds of smoke from across the River Nile in the direction of Lelo Payam, in Malakal, in Upper Nile State,” said Martin Nesirky, a spokesperson for the Secretary General.

The mission said it assisted the South Sudan National Police Service in its operation to clear crowds involved in criminality near its Juba base, and check for weapons, other military items, and drugs that were increasing insecurity and attracting large numbers of internally displaced persons from within the UN House site.

Some 43, 324 civilians, according to the UN, are currently seeking protecting within is Juba base. However, as of 28 February, an estimated 75, 715 civilians were reportedly seeking protection within the eight UN bases in the country.

Over 10,000 people have died and nearly a million displaced after the violence that broke out in Juba in mid-December last year. An additional 190,000 people have reportedly fled the country to neighbouring Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenyan and Sudan.

(ST)

Comments on the Sudan Tribune website must abide by the following rules. Contravention of these rules will lead to the user losing their Sudan Tribune account with immediate effect.

- No inciting violence
- No inappropriate or offensive language
- No racism, tribalism or sectarianism
- No inappropriate or derogatory remarks
- No deviation from the topic of the article
- No advertising, spamming or links
- No incomprehensible comments

Due to the unprecedented amount of racist and offensive language on the site, Sudan Tribune tries to vet all comments on the site.

There is now also a limit of 400 words per comment. If you want to express yourself in more detail than this allows, please e-mail your comment as an article to comment@sudantribune.com

Kind regards,

The Sudan Tribune editorial team.
  • 4 March 2014 09:31, by Bentiu son

    Dear freedom fighters be vigilant all the times,this time around we would not allow Salva Kiir’s Gelweng militias/SPLA in Malakal town.Patrol every corners around the city. Museveni n Kiir had failed South Sudan badly n made it war zones where regional forces will fight for their interest, Kenyan is no longer neutral since they sent their military jets to bombed Uror County Jonglei State.

    repondre message

    • 4 March 2014 10:55, by Gat Gan Kiir

      From today onward, Malakal’s name is change to "Latjor City"

      repondre message

      • 4 March 2014 11:25, by Robot

        ’Large movement" and doing what?’ UN, UN stop whatever foolish game u r playing, at last the end of it is South Sudanese will hv peace and live together as one people one nation, what would you gain if you are given the whole world??,

        repondre message

        • 4 March 2014 15:52, by Bungachier 50

          Mr. Robot! your comment makes sense.

          repondre message

Comment on this article


 
 

The following ads are provided by Google. SudanTribune has no authority on it.


Sudan Tribune

Promote your Page too

Latest Comments & Analysis


Economic woes compel a shift in Khartoum’s “strategic alliance with Iran” 2015-03-30 21:04:12 By Eric Reeves Sudan Tribune reports today a remarkable declaration by the Khartoum regime’s foreign minister, Ali Karti: “We were never allies with Iran: Sudan Foreign Minister” The Sudanese (...)

What is wrong with the IGAD peace process? 2015-03-29 22:39:56 By Alfred Ladu Gore 1. The Effects of Flawed Methodological Approach on the Fundamental Issues Arising from the Crisis Situation in South Sudan In the methodological context of this paper, it (...)

Creating peace in South Sudan requires extraordinary precautions 2015-03-29 11:55:31 By Panther Alier On March 6, 2015, South Sudanese were hit again with grim news, the failure of the government and rebels led by Riek Machar to agree on almost everything that was on negotiation (...)


MORE






Latest Press Releases


Seventy-six organizations call for publication of AU Inquiry Report as deadline for peace passes 2015-03-07 05:04:51 6 March 2015: FOR Immediate Release SOUTH SUDAN: The African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) should immediately consider, publish and disseminate the final report of the Commission (...)

Archbishop Taban calls for reconciliation and forgiveness 2015-02-23 09:30:38 February 2015 Greetings from Peace Village, Kuron. It is really a Peace Village. I had my peaceful Christmas and a Prosperous New Year in Kuron. God really blessed the area with Peace. You can (...)

WFP appreciates US additional support for S. Sudan’s hungry 2015-02-19 08:20:15 17 February 2015 (JUBA)- The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$165.5 million from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to feed (...)


MORE

Copyright © 2003-2015 SudanTribune - All rights reserved.