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Over 60 killed as S. Sudan rivals clash in N. Bahr el Ghazal

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July 17, 2014 (JUBA) – Clashes between South Sudanese rival forces in Northern Bahr el Ghazal left over 60 people dead, several legislators and state officials told Sudan Tribune on Thursday

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Soldiers from the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) redeploy to form a new Joint Integrated Unit (JIU) battalion with the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) under the terms of an agreement on Abyei (Photo: UN/Tim McKulka)

Garang Kuach Ariath, the Aweil West county commissioner said his territory witnessed heavy clashes on Thursday when army defectors attempting to escape to the border with neighbouring Sudan clashed with pro-government soldiers.

“The situation at the moment is relatively quiet. Generally, there was no problem until when the defectors came from western Bahr el Ghazal and wanted to use the area as exit route to the Sudanese border. They started harassing and killing people as they try to find way out. They attacked and loot civilian properties. They killed,” Ariath said by phone.

Some government soldiers disguised as home guards, he said, were also killed.

“Four of our gallant forces were wounded and were taken to Aweil Civil Hospital. Our people should be scarred. The wounds are not those big wounds. They are just bruises, very small injuries. From their side more than 29 bodies were found, including one Brigadier General and one colonel. The rest are men,” said the Aweil West commissioner.

He said Brig. Gen. Gatluak and Col. James Jok Mal Machar were the two defected military officers leading the force towards Sudan border as pro-government soldiers pursue them.

“The security information we had indicated that there were three Brigadier Generals when they left Western Bahr el Ghazal, but now they have remained with only two because one was killed in action and our forces are still following them up to the end of their destination,” said Ariath.

He dismissed as false reports alleging there was displacement and panic among the civilian population in the areas of Nyinbuoli and Akuang-ayat, where the fight broke out.

“There is no problem out there now. The situation has returned to normal. People have resumed their normal life since yesterday. There is no fighting any longer going in the area,” explained the commissioner.

Military sources and legislators, however, told Sudan Tribune in separate interviews that several government soldiers were killed as they attempted to block passage of the defectors.

“More 60 comrades have lost their lives because in our battalion alone, we have sent 120 people and what remained is now less than 40 people. Some were killed and others wounded. This demoralised the fighting forces because they were sent with only light weapons. They went with Kalashnikov rifle machine guns, forgetting that these defectors were carrying heavy machine guns with them. That was why many were killed,” a military officer said.

Local officials have claimed massive defections in the area, with top government officials and legislators suspected to have switched their allegiance to the rebels led by Riek Machar.

Neither the spokesperson for South Sudan army (SPLA) nor his rebel counterpart reacted on the incident.

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  • 18 July 08:17, by Wicdail

    Chanson, Force 1, Mel mosa, Panda Odhie, viper, Dinka-Defender-General, etc.

    How does that sound today? You were born liars, denial, tribalist, corrupts, among others, and will die that way. The matter is not those killed in actions, but victory followed by democracy and the rule of law through federalism where all citizens will share the Benefits of weallth and be equals.

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    • 18 July 08:29, by Mel mosa

      Wicdail

      Sudantribune is against South Sudan including you. You guys are blind to see and understand the trust, that is why you wage meaningless war against your people and properties. I have been monitoring this website since. It is against South Sudan always. If you believe this website, you are a lost South Sudanese.

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      • 18 July 10:44, by Mi diit

        Mel Mosa,

        So you love Sudan Tribune only when it publishes nonsensical speeches of your uncle Kiir Kuethpiny and dislike it when it publishes other factual stories, ah? You are such a hypocrite!

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    • 18 July 13:22, by Chanson

      Ya Wicdail,This is another stupid Sudan tribune reporting another liars gar nyimar.Yesterday was over 300 from Aweil youths joining rebels and now over 60 killed ya jama where is this propaganda from? Is it from rebel or from Sudan..I can,t tell you that so many life lost from rebel coz it is so sad to talk about black people killing themselves but the few survivors who might have managed..

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      • 18 July 13:26, by Chanson

        ..to escape using their own miltary tactic,will tell you what they have witnessed...We are brothers and this South Sudan belong to all of us but Iam not for the idaes of taking power by force my dear ...Malual da oyee!

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    • 18 July 14:16, by Panda Odhie

      Wrong woman always advise wrongly,why do you wish rebellion and war to occurs in the others states ,nobody was sending you to the bush and destroy your cities ,it’s you alone who did it.

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    • 18 July 16:47, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

      @ Wicdial.
      You are just laughing with your dirty teeth and your rotten mouth 4 nothing. Some few people were killed about 6 only not 60 persons it is just Sudantribune who spread rumurs and the rebels but no heavy causualities on gov,t side accept rebel whereby 24 soldiers were killed and dozens injuried.

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  • 18 July 08:19, by Mel mosa

    What the commissioner said may be the right one but saying military sources and officials is bias of sudantribune as always. Sudantribune try to let govt be suspicious to accuse military leaders and govt officials to cause tension between people of N Bahr El Gazal or between N Bahr Gazal govt officials. It is Just pure propaganda from Sudantribune and that all.

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  • 18 July 08:21, by Force 1

    You see; I told you earlier that they were Nuer and that was no surprise to anyone. Mading Awiel people should protect and defend their civilians by all means. Let the Nuer go; we liberate South Sudan without most of them and most of them leaving wouldn’t make any different.

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    • 18 July 08:28, by Wicdail

      Mel mosa and Force 1,

      “In our battalion alone, we have sent 120 people and what remained is now less than 40 people”, and the “local officials have claimed massive defections in the area, with top government officials and legislators suspected to have switched their allegiance to the rebels led by Riek Machar”. Is it also a "sudantribune" makup? LOOL.

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      • 18 July 08:53, by Gangura

        I am more than happier when I see many soldiers and Generals are defecting to join Dr. Machar who is consider to be our freedom fighter, soon I will also join them as we are tired of this dinkas.

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      • 18 July 10:46, by Force 1

        Wicdail
        Enough with who and how many rebels but we need to hear what you capture! If you ran away from my house; would that matter to me? What would matter to me is when you capture my home; and since my home is under my control; whatever noise you’re making is none of my business.

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      • 18 July 14:24, by Panda Odhie

        Nothing like that Wicdail,itis who wrote to make you happy,you wish and die heart for something to happen in Aweil, it never happen ,though some are with you,these were already disgrace and disgruntle group who do not deserve respect in the communities due to their corrupted work,some since they were send to Khartoum in 2005 until i heard, he join SPLMIO.

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  • 18 July 09:41, by tootke’bai-ngo

    GANGURA,

    NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO REMOVE PRESIDENT KIIR WITHOUT HELP FROM DINKAS THEMSELVES. PLEASE! REFRAIN FROM DINKA-HATE PHARASES AND CHANGE WILL BE EASY. OTHERWISE, ONLY SUFFERING AND LOSS OF LIVES WILL CONTINUE WITH NO RESULT FOR A VERY LONG TIME WHICH IS NOT IN THE INTEREST OF ONE ONE.

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  • 18 July 09:53, by tootke’bai-ngo

    THOSE OF N.BAHR-EL-GHAZAL DEFECTORS AND OTHER DINKAS WHO HAVE JOINED REBELS IN LAST FEW MONTHS WANTED A TOTAL FREEDOM AND EQUAL JUSTIC FOR ALL S.SUDANESE. IT HAS TO BE A DISTINCT LINE BETWEEN KIIR AS A PRESIDENT OF S.SUDAN AND THE COMMUNITY AS AN INTREGRITY BODY.MANY DINKAS FAMILIES HAS BEEN SUFFERING FAR MORE THAN OTHER FAMILIES FROM OTHER COMMUNITY SINCE 2005 & NOW IT TIME TO DEMAND THEIR RIGHTS

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