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South Sudan rebels claim capture of Renk as military, MPs issue denial

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April 23, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA/JUBA) – Conflicting reports emerged on Wednesday evening as rebels loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar claimed to have seized control of Renk in Upper Nile state, while the army and legislators said a small revolt had been quelled.

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SPLA soldier stands next to a machine gun mounted on a truck in Malakal town, on December 30, 2013 (Photo Reuters/James Akena)

“Yes, reports from the field confirm that our gallant forces this morning [Wednesday] liberated Renk town. [President] Salva Kiir’s soldiers and their foreign allies are on the run and in disarray after suffering painful defeat in the area,” said Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, on Wednesday when reached by Sudan Tribune.

Dak further added that in the clashes the government’s forces suffered heavy casualties in terms of human and material losses, they were running towards Maban and Paloich areas to the south-east.

“A number of tanks and other military vehicles were destroyed or captured in the clashes,” he added, without giving further details.

Renk is the main town north of the country’s important oilfields of Paloich. Observers say its capture by the rebels could expose the oilfields to imminent attacks.

Rebels earlier said they wanted to control all the country’s oilfields "in order to deny Salva Kiir from using the oil revenues to finance his war and hire foreign mercenaries".

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However, Renk county commissioner Kur Chuai Deng and the Major General Garang Mabil, who is part of the SPLA command force in the area, confirmed there was a split within government forces in the area, but that it was quickly contained.

Mabil told Sudan Tribune by telephone that the rebels informed the Nuer, member of the SPLA based in Renk of their attack and encouraged them to join their ranks

"When they heard this [call], they decided to turn guns against their own colleagues, thinking that they would capture the town," Mabil said.

However, "Our forces under the command of comrade Stephen Buoi, managed to contain the situation," he added.

Deng Chol, an MP from Renk county, also told Sudan Tribune that rebels attempts to take control of the town by instigating internal revolt was crushed by the government forces.

"There was an attempt by the rebels to take control of Renk town this morning using soldiers within our fighting forces but it was quickly subdued by our gallant forces. It did not last long", said Chol.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify which of the two rival forces was in control the town.

Fighting has intensified this week as both rebels and government forces accuse each other of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement.

Machar forces recaptured Bentiu and Mayom while the mediation adjourned the peace talks for another week.

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  • 23 April 21:58, by Pinyin Gatkuoth

    Go ahead freedom fighter Kirr days are limited, this war will be like Mahgestu of Ethiopia, when he heard the RPG sound in his office he don’t sit properly.
    Just count the days for mrs Nyakiir Mayardit

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    • 24 April 00:52, by Tong dut

      Confused Dinka had sacked his chief of staffs of army forces and put a Dinka dog as army chief of staffs.
      Let the rebels head to warrap please, he is almost to run away to uganda
      weldone come back to Bor and kill those dinkas with their cattle and ugandan forces.Even old dinkas most be kill.

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      • 24 April 05:14, by Mi diit

        Ahahahaaa…Renk commissioner, and MP and Garang Mabil were lying while on the run in the bushes. Renk is 100% controlled by the rebels as we speak. This is the reason Kiir is angry and fired Gen James Hoth Mai for allowing Bentiu, Mayom, Renk, Duk county, etc to be captured by rebels within a week. He wants the army to be led by Bahr el Ghazalian so that they go and defend Warrap state. Ahahaha..

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      • 24 April 07:57, by Ayom Ayom

        I think Rebels should not continues influencing their tribes men soldiers who are still loyalist to government, to turn guns against their colleagues, Government soldiers will not trust them anymore and that is a risk to them,they can easily loss their life.

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  • 23 April 21:59, by Whortti Bor Manza

    BREAKING NEWS:
    Gen. James Hoth Mai, the SPLA chief of staff has been dismissed and replaced by Gen. Malong Awan a close inner circle of president Kiir.

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    • 24 April 09:17, by Letigolight

      Removing the chief of staff does not have any impact, Malong will not go himself to fight, the same foot soldiers whose families are starving now are the ones to be sent to fight.
      Unfortunately, most of the Bahr El Ghazalians in uniform in Juba to eat free money are now in Rhino and Kiriadongo refugee camps in Uganda!

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  • 24 April 00:05, by barbayo

    welcome Paul Malong
    this is new chapter ,all rebels will run to Gombella this time and Marial Nour will do best within army .

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  • 24 April 00:15, by barbayo

    No tribe fight with government , But Nuer did it bacause they have lack of reasoning and they want to bring Reik Macher to power by force bacus he from Nuer

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  • 24 April 01:27, by Kim Deng

    Ngundeng City (Mading Bor), Latjor City (Malakal town), Mut-Dung City... are on the way to join the Nuerland.
    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

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  • 24 April 01:28, by Kim Deng

    Ngundeng City (Mading Bor), Latjor City (Malakal town), Mut-Dung City... are on the way to join the Nuerland.
    Had the Nuer ever wished to occupy the whole greater Upper Nile, from Renk to Mading Bor and from Ruweng/Biemnom to Buma-Gambella, it seems unlikely that the other coward Jurs (Jaang, Teet, Bar, Chai…) could have stopped them.

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  • 24 April 05:45, by barbayo

    Nuer, to have land as great Upper Nile kingdom not crime ,but when you want land why killed those pple who are that land , like Shuluk, Dinka Atar,in Malakal ,Dinka Bor in Jongle , Dinka panreng and some other tribes within great Upper Nile you them why ? you guys Nuer and Dinka confuse this South Sudan , Nuer done have kongkuc,just have wanachang

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