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Heavy fighting erupts in South Sudan’s Unity state


April 14, 2014 (KAMPALA) – Rebel spokesperson Peter Riek Gew says forces from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) loyal to president Salva Kiir attacked their hideout in the north of Unity state on Sunday night.

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A South Sudanese government soldier stands in front of a vehicle in South Sudan’s Unity State on 12 January 2014 (AP)

However, he claims rebels defended their positions and have captured an oil field, about 35km from the state capital, Bentiu.

The incident is the latest blow to a ceasefire deal signed between the South Sudanese government and the rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army in Opposition.

“We have been respecting [the] ceasefire agreement for so long but the SPLA never do that. We have managed to repulse [a] twin attack launched by [the] SPLA on us that led to our gallant forces - SPLA in Opposition - to capture Tor-abieth, Tharwangyiela, kilo 30 (Sikasik) which is known as Kubur Nyabol,” said Gew told Sudan Tribune phone, adding that rebel troops were now advancing towards the capital.

Many residents have fled Bentiu over the past three days amid fears of imminent rebel attacks.

On Sunday, government forces blocked some people from entering a UN protection site at Rubkotna.

Sources inside the UNMISS camp in Bentiu town told Sudan Tribune by phone on Monday morning that the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard outside.

“We are hearing artillery shelling and numbers of civilians are running inside [the] UN camp,” said an aid worker, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Last week, former vice-president turned rebel leader Riek Machar said he intended to launch mass attacks targeting oil fields.

He said the move was designed to stop the flow of oil money, which it claims is being used by the Juba administration to “rent” foreign forces.

Unity state has changed hands several times since political tensions erupted in violence in the nation’s capital, Juba, in mid-December last year.

The conflict, which has since spread throughout the country, has pitted government troops loyal to Kiir against pro-Mahar rebels.

Ongoing peace talks between the warring parties brokered by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has failed to quell the violence, with both sides accusing each other of violating the terms of a ceasefire deal signed on 23 January in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.


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  • 14 April 2014 08:10, by Jalaby

    Just tell me, since when South Sudanese army wear turban on their head and cover their faces like that?
    Juba should stop hiring JEM and other Darfourian gangsters and use them in this war!

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    • 14 April 2014 08:17, by Jalaby

      I believe Nuer rebellion defeated SPLA and captured these oil fields only after SAF jet fighters and MIG 29 bombed JEM camps inside Unity state recently and destroyed their forces and gun machines, the war in Unity and Upper Nile state is between JEM and other Darfourian gangsters from one side and Nuer rebellion from the other side!
      Machar pledged to Khartoum that

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      • 14 April 2014 08:23, by Jalaby

        Machar pledged to Khartoum that his forces will never sabotage the oil facilities and plantations that he captures and you can see Machar didn’t sabotage or destroy any oil fields until now!
        Ugandan army is fighting the rebel in Jonglei state and protecting Juba, ironically SPLA and Dinka are working as just facilitators!!

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        • 14 April 2014 08:44, by Majongdit

          You are a stupid liar with your legs spread between rebels and govt. How can Nuer rebels defeat SPLA NOW when they didn’t at that time when they were backed by Khartoum? Those turbans are being used by both SPLA and rebels now. Or you never saw the rebels wearing them during their attack of Malakal...you are a simple known Big Mouth ya Jana Aram.

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          • 14 April 2014 08:54, by Jalaby

            You’re true Jana Aram! South rebels were fighting SAF for 50 years and we never ever saw them wearing turbans like that and covering their faces for the last 50 years,why now?! they copied it from Darforian gangsters because they love it or what? this is never part of Jonobean fighting culture at all!
            Stop hiring JEM & Darfourians

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            • 14 April 2014 10:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

              The infilation of SAF troops into south sudan border is not the meaning of oil field protection.
              Mr. Machar has secret meeting with Bashir to envasion south sudan.
              The war in Bentiu of today will be win by SPLA forces and senior officers under command of Santino Deng Wuol.

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            • 14 April 2014 12:34, by South South

              You aren’t only "JANA ARAM" You are JANA GATHA JAMARA". Lie, lie and lie, Fake Arab culture.

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    • 14 April 2014 10:10, by Tong dut

      You burn down the oil station so that kiir will not get any money for his Army.It will be his army to sent him out of south sudan.

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      • 14 April 2014 13:50, by Jalaby

        Tong dut,
        We have a gentle man to gentle man agreement with Machar not to destroy the oil fields because we "practically" own 50% of them and remember Machar was able to capture these oil fields only after we bombarded by our MIG 29 JEM & SPLA-N base military in Unity state because JEM & SPLA-N are our mutual enemies now!

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        • 14 April 2014 13:57, by Jalaby

          Machar army is doing a great job to us now by providing us with accurate information about JEM & SPLA-N movements and their locations and then we shatter them apart by our powerful MIG 29 and Sukhoi fighters!
          The last Machar’s victory is due to us hence Machar will never commit suicide and burn down the oil fields and outrage us and lose our direct or indirect support

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  • 14 April 2014 08:11, by Son of Ngundeng

    Good news I never heard, we told Kiir that, what you are trying will not help you anymore. This will be the season of war where evry Dinka slaves will scattered of being run off, by freedom fighters. Warfield it is not a bar of Home and Away in Juba. We will teach you a leason you never been tought, stupid president with 400 degree per one year, shame on you. Liel Lu Laa Lual chamjey.

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  • 14 April 2014 08:21, by Bravo Nuer

    Thokjiok Nyadol has woken up and this is the Nuer ’s Ciengtang or naath ’s birth home which should not be held hostage by the Rek Dinka and their former slave masters Durfarinas (JEM)because of her God given natural resources aka oil. Monytuil ’s sons must pay heavily for their betrayalism and the attrition war now will engulf the entire region of Bar el gazal comes heavy rains or high waters.

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    • 14 April 2014 08:31, by Bravo Nuer

      the South Sudan ’s Tsunami Jundi Iraq (Peter Gadet) has warned people of greater Bahr -el Gazhal to ensure being close to UNMISS camps before April 20th and that the UNMISS you were cursing will be the only stone which builders rejected and accepted after it as a cornerstone.Cdr Oyee! Jundi Iraq Oyee! victory is absolutely certain and it well end at the border of CAR.

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  • 14 April 2014 08:23, by Wicdail

    Kirr and his useless guys who think and behave like himself will never ever respect the cessation of hostilities; as long as JEM, SPLA-N, Museveni and his so call UPDF are still in SS. Freedom fighters taught them lessons in Upper Nile and Bor. But they don’t listen to accept peace. They thought that the rebels will never have upper hands in Unity State. Well, let them smell now.

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  • 14 April 2014 09:09, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear All.
    Naath tin naath, Kamdan kee jaang thiele maaley.
    Bom! Bom! ce maar thaar jaangni e bii tura laa low,
    This is warning to Kiir Tiik Yual.We gave you only two months don’t stay in South Sudan as whole,that will be good for your safety Ngundeng Said(bee naaylual wa kay nii kaa Egypt) does why Egyptian are giveing a millitary support to Kiir Govrn,we will not supprise anymore(kee laat Ngunden

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    • 14 April 2014 09:56, by John The President

      Son Gundeng
      Lieldu mingom, ce jaang ke Nuer kondial.

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  • 14 April 2014 10:39, by william

    The South Sudan government is fighting to rebels Sudantribune on th Website and nuer rebels in the field! Sudantribune become bias to the extend the resorted to report lies and nonsense.whenever there is a small fight it calls it heavy fighting, what useless website and bias!

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  • 14 April 2014 11:30, by Uncle J

    To all Nuer rebel fans,
    Stop celebrating unproven victory who knows may be whoever still giving warning is a decoy of Peter Gadet and fool is already in hell serving greatest evil old ass Ngundeng

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  • 14 April 2014 11:31, by wang

    Too much for poor Salva Kiir to handle it....Upper Nile and Unity State are burning at same time...Bor will be the next target

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  • 14 April 2014 11:56, by NO PEACE

    NAATH OYEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    • 14 April 2014 12:35, by Bentiu son

      ALlah Wabaar!Allah Wabaar!Finally,our gallantry freedom fighters aka SPLA in Opposition have captured Madina Bentiu- Mayom, Rupkona and Leer Town and all it surroundings.The puppet Governor of Salva Kiir Dr Monytuil whereabouts is unknown whether in hell or on run for his live.We had reached No u-turn with Juba geno regime under Kiir n his husband Museveni of Uganda, No JEM OR SPLA-

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  • 14 April 2014 13:43, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    The rebellion of Riek Machar is targetting oil field according US, EU, AU, UN and other african organizations including international ambassadors intruction to Machar inorder to weaken Kiir administration.

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    • 15 April 2014 07:16, by Gangura

      I am happy with the news and wish Dr, Machar could advance towards Juba so that this idiot Kirr and his cabinet should go to hell. we equatorians we are behind Machar becoz he understan and he is somebody who went to school not like Kirr who like drinking and smoking puplicaly. where is Conel. Philip Aguer with his poor English to speak on the behalf of the Kirr stupid Govrt? Machar Woyeeeeeeeeeee

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