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South Sudan army says it repulsed rebel attack outside Upper Nile state capital


March 17, 2014 (JUBA) – The South Sudanese army (SPLA) said on Monday it had repulsed a rebel attempt to extend their control to other areas outside Malakal, the capital of oil-producing Upper Nile state.

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Soldiers from South Sudan’s army patrol the streets of Malakal in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 31 December 2013 (AFP)

Heavy gunfire raged on Monday morning for more than two hours on the outskirts of Malakal between the army and rebel forces from the SPLM-In-Opposition, residents and military officers told Sudan Tribune.

Eyewitnesses said that explosions were heard to the south and west of the town, where the army claimed it repulsed attempts by rebel forces to move out from the town, located about 497km north of the country’s capital, Juba.

“We are fighting the rebel just 3km north-west of the town. They moved out on Sunday, but they were beaten back.” Colonel Philip Aguer, the SPLA spokesman, told Sudan tribune on Monday.

Aguer said that government troops had repulsed similar attacks from rebel forces in Unity state’s Leer county on 14 March, as well as Mankien in Jonglei state.

“The sound of heavy gunfire and what sounds like RPGs (Rocket Propelled Grenades) began at around 9.15am (local time) and carried [on] until about 10.28 am yesterday,” a resident of Malakal town told Sudan Tribune from the UN camp where thousands are seeking protection.

“The fighting was happening in two different places. Sounds of heavy guns and explosions were coming from the direction pointing south and west of the town. It was not far,” he said.


The SPLM-In-Opposition, meanwhile, has denied that its forces attacked new positions outside Malakal, accusing the army of launching an attack to recapture the town, which has been under rebel control since 18 February.

Reacting to Aguer, James Gatdet Dak, the spokesperson for former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar, said that government troops had launched an offensive against their forces at Khor Nyingara, located north of Malakal town.

“They were attempting to break that barrier towards Malakal, but were defeated and ran back to Akoka county,” he told Sudan Tribune.

Dak also accused the government of trying to retake control of the strategic oil-rich state capital before a stabilisation force consisting of member countries from the Intergovermental Authority on Development (IGAD) could deploy in the state.

The two warring parties in South Sudan signed a cessation of hostilities agreement on 23 January aimed at ending the three-month-old conflict, which erupted in mid-December last year, although much of the agreement remains unimplemented, with both sides accusing each other of violating the terms of the peace pact.

An estimated 20,000 people have been killed in the violence, which has spread to key strategic towns and areas across the country.

The rebellion was borne out of the political differences within the governing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), the former rebel group that has governed South Sudan since a peace deal in 2005 secured independence six years later.

The conflict initially flared in the capital, Juba, before spreading to Jonglei, as well as the key oil-producing states of Unity and Upper Nile.

South Sudan relies on oil revenues for nearly 90% of its income.


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  • 18 March 2014 08:00, by omoni jr.

    you are really naive for hating the world and yet depend on them. haha, Tubol, you hate U.S and love Uganda, dont you know that Uganda is the puppet of U.S? The uganda fight war in somalia with U.S footing the bill, U.S and uganda have strong relationship and you blindly keep sing and preaching us nonsense everyday about U.S and European.

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    • 18 March 2014 08:06, by omoni jr.

      your primitive master called kiir went to Isreal immediately after independence of this failed state,your master salva kiir went to jews state and told Benjamin Natanyehu that he wanted Build Embassy in Jerusalem, disputed city between plastine and Isreal , and all Arabs in the world including you condemned kiir for provoking situation. why your master kiir went to juus or jews state?

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      • 18 March 2014 08:11, by omoni jr.

        you know what, you are really name is Abdallah Bol,because you refused to take the fact into your dull brain. There is no surprise at all why south sudan is failed state,Alfred Ladu Gore said that south sudan is failed state because we have members of al qaeda here in juba,for example,Tutbol,he hate everyone on this planet,do you love your mother? or you dont have one???

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        • 18 March 2014 08:18, by omoni jr.

          yesterday you said that when the IGAD troop deploy next week your first bullet will be landed in Ethiopian soldiers,you see here, you are Not Educated man, you are thug,and Dinka Tribal Extremist who can cause chaos without knowing the consequenses. I see you just hate particularly Nuer, am Not from Nuer, but let me remind you this, my friend ,your hatred will never get rid of Nuer out

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          • 18 March 2014 08:20, by omoni jr.

            south sudan,unless you kill yourself,then you satisfy or quench your god/devil.

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            • 18 March 2014 08:29, by omoni jr.

              you hate U.S and Ethiopia because they dont recognized your rubbish and "Dinka-made-coup". where the hell on earth civilians can make a coup and overthrow the government? 10,000 thousands civilians massacred within 24 hours for nothing but lies about "cooked coup" Somebody like me,mr Abdallah Bol can not be fool by really mental handicapped people like kiir and you who thought that cooked

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              • 18 March 2014 13:10, by Projector

                Omoni Jr!!! A wish and well educated person will never pay attention to the writing on this Forum by Sudan Tribune. All the things written have no clues, everyday I open this web, there are commonly three words. i.e "Claim, Deny and Accusation." People should understand, there is no peaceful rebellion that involved guns. Every time, "i didn’t attack you, you attacked my position" nonsenses

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              • 18 March 2014 16:14, by ngadodo

                you guys, interesting youtube regarding our blinds government Goss thinking that they’re clever more than anyone in the world, but their on the road of collapse. for their politics of 21s century Salve Kiir and his government he had, so take watch and listen blow website if his not comply with need and apologies to UN.

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        • 18 March 2014 08:35, by Gunkills

          @Omoni jr, you are thick in head with tiny brain capacity. Well, I want you to eject this to your ass. In few months to come there will be no Riek Machar and his militias again in South Sudan territory, mark my Word! Africans and the World including Obama himself are now aware that Riek Machar can not be a leader base on their ground assessment. Keep barking

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          • 18 March 2014 08:53, by omoni jr.

            please,stop insulting me,lets argue like matured,grown,and educated men, I know you were brought up in disorganized family that’s why you just poked your nasty nose here and you danced like prostitute on the stage,did you see me mentioning Riek machar there,ya inta ?? Read first then comment. Probably you are on "Heat". But i can’t do that.

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      • 18 March 2014 08:17, by Malakal county Simon

        Sudan tribune seriously need to verified their report’s, before they published it to the public.... Relying in in mouth pieces, is professional and not reliable at the same time.... There is no Government soldier here in the whole town of Malakal, as Philip Aguer claimed it....

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        • 18 March 2014 08:23, by Malakal county Simon

          What happen was that the government army came in the North of Malakal the early Sunday, but were push back toward Akoka county where their base was....

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        • 18 March 2014 08:27, by Malakal county Simon

          Not professional and not reliable....

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          • 18 March 2014 19:01, by Projector

            Malakal idiot, we are not here to read your corrections man. If you can’t be perfect, withdraw before you embarrass your self to zero point.

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      • 18 March 2014 11:32, by Rezingving monynok

        Omoni jr and all malitia mafias of nuer
        Stop making nonsense in unmiss or in your hiding places come out and and be with the people of South sudan then being fool by vision less man riek .who wanted to youth in this shameful war.only nuer will regret when they understood that they had lost many for nothing. Shame on nuer.naath wnen will you beable to reason and your militant work.u need to under

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  • 18 March 2014 08:24, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SPLA are dreaming to take Malakal town. The dreaming will be positive shortly.

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  • 18 March 2014 08:47, by Awei-ngok

    These rebels of Riek Machar,Pagan Amum,Deng Alor,Taban Deng and the rest will be defeated like Tamil Tigers in Sir Lanka.With the onset of rains nearing and indeed happened, these militias will starve before mighty SPLA could deal away with them and their crook leaders.Pagan and his other 3 colleagues are already in a death row for killing thousands of innocent people in South Sudan.Mark my words.

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  • 18 March 2014 09:31, by Mading Makuac

    It is great job for national army to defeat Riek

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    • 18 March 2014 10:06, by chol

      The rebels commander already defected in Jonglei over the weekend and now fighting Gatdet forces.Sooner rather than later they will all surrender.Nuers fighting Nuers is a good news.Let them kill each other before they die of hanger.I feel sorry for civilians though.

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      • 18 March 2014 10:29, by Malakal county Simon

        Your wishful thinking will never comes true, because Nuer are united then ever!!!!

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        • 18 March 2014 10:38, by Malakal county Simon

          Go to the ground and do not rely on individuals moth pieces, because they are reliable sources!!! If ask you who is that commander that defected i,m sure you can struggle to produce the true identity of that commander.... So please keep cheap propaganda to yourself....

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          • 18 March 2014 10:40, by Malakal county Simon

            They are not reliable sources..

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            • 18 March 2014 13:12, by Gangura

              Stupid Aguer with his lies again on Sudantribune, let Kirr forget about malakal town otherwise Rebels will not get out from there, I support their staying in malaka.
              However if i ask why UPDF did not try to retake back malakal? idiot kirr with M7 are fearing otherwise Nuer are not pice of cake.

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          • 18 March 2014 15:59, by chol

            Here is a name for you idiots LT.Col Gatkek Colchik .I know you Nuers are slow to understand.By the way what happen idiot Mi Diit? Finally somebody told him to takes his medication.No more delusional though.

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