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Rebels fighting government forces in Upper Nile’s Renk

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April 16, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – Heavy fighting has erupted in Renk County, in the extreme northern part of the oil-rich Upper Nile state as rebels and government troops clashed over the control of the rich county bordering the Sudan, rebels said.

Rebel spokesperson said the opposition forces responded swiftly when the government troops in the town moved out and attacked their defensive positions just across the Nile, few kilometres west of Renk town.

"Salva Kiir’s soldiers came out and attempted to cross the Nile from the east to attack our positions just across the River. Our forces on the other western side of the Nile responded with heavy artillery shelling against their positions inside Renk town since Wednesday evening," a military spokesperson Lt. Col Peter Riek Gew told Sudan Tribune on Thursday morning.

He said there was a lull during the night but the shelling has continued on Thursday morning as the two rival forces were controlling each side of the river, asserting that he expected the rebels to move into the town during the day.

Eyewitnesses in Renk town reported heavy shelling as residents were fleeing the town for their lives.

The county is located in eastern bank of the River Nile and the richest in agriculture in the state.

It is strategic town and can pose an additional threat to the oilfields if the rebels capture it from the government, observers say.

Upper Nile state government last month suggested relocating the state capital, Malakal, to Renk hundreds of kilometres north, as insecurity deteriorated when the rebels took control of the state capital for the second time.

The latest incident came just a day after the rebels took full control of Unity state’s capital, Bentiu, as well as Unity oilfields.

Gew further told Sudan Tribune that they were clearing all the counties in Unity state as government troops were evacuating from the areas.

Rebels also warned to recapture Malakal and oilfields in Upper Nile state as well during the rainy season.

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  • 17 April 2014 09:26, by Jalaby

    Well SPLA moved the capital from Malakal to Renk and now rebel paid them a quick visit in Renk!
    We don’t trust Kiir or his Dinka government because they never stopped supporting SPLA-N & JEM and keep jeopardizing Sudan security hence Sudan decided to allow Janjaweed and many other Pro-Khartoum militias to join Machar’s rebellion, all south states that border Sudan

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    • 17 April 2014 09:31, by Jalaby

      must be fallen under Machar’s rebellion hand and be cleared off SPLA-N & JEM!
      We need to have a big secured belt between Sudan and S Sudan throughout all the border and end this dirty game with Juba!
      More states that border Sudan will soon fall under rebellion hand!

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      • 17 April 2014 09:44, by Maguangdit

        Arab terrorirst/Jallaby, so you terrorists decided to invade South Sudan and brag about it?. Let`s see how this game will end; you the Arab criminals have become a problem in Africa but there will be a time when you will regret your actions.

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      • 17 April 2014 10:37, by Sobat Boy

        Thanks Jalaba
        Thief Kirr used other foreigners to fight along side with him, what about Machar if they chose south sudan to warfield for every countries we will invite and who support us

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    • 17 April 2014 10:57, by Tong dut

      Well done, Today you will take RENK, NO way,SPLA SOUTH are runing like rats, No sallary for them.Those in juba most join
      Macher now. His payment is three thousand s s pound per a month.We are using the money of oil now.
      Bor should be ready by monday it will be under attack by Nuer
      and juba final .

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    • 17 April 2014 13:23, by mathem jech amer

      Jalaba and likes
      Do you people really know the meaning of heavy fighting with your sudantribune writers? Heavy fighting involves two side but if it is rebels shelling the town, without response from government forces, is this heavy fighting?

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    • 17 April 2014 15:45, by Padiet Deng Alony

      South Sudan is at the stage of Warlords

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  • 17 April 2014 09:42, by Bravo Nuer

    Malakal? Paloch? Bor? Kuacjok? and Juba? just in a week time "South Sudan will never be the same again" hero Majak D’agot bravely said while testifying in a kangaroo court of salva kiir and his unprofessional judges.

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  • 17 April 2014 15:57, by Padiet Deng Alony

    South Sudan will be as follow if people still kill themselves under trible bases.
    1-Dinka Region
    2-Shilluk Region
    3-Nuer Region
    4-Bari Region
    5-Latuko Region
    Etc and let see who is who.

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