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South Sudan’s rival forces claim control of Nasir town

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July 20, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rival forces on Sunday traded accusations over violations of the ceasefire deal with both sides claiming to control Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile state town.

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SPLA spokesperson Phillip Aguer (Reuters)

South Sudanese army (SPLA) spokesperson Col. Philip Aguer told Sudan Tribune that government forces were still in control of their positions in the town, although rebel forces penetrated some parts before getting sustained military engagement.

“The SPLA forces remained in control of their positions and the fighting is continuing,” Aguer said on Sunday.

The military officer pointed out that the positions of the government forces were subjected to bombardments by the rival forces since Saturday, but never responded as they were acting in self defense in order not to be seen as having violated the cessation of hostilities agreement which rival leaders signed in May.

“The rebels of Riek Machar are in it again. In the face of international community, they have violated the cessation of hostilities agreement by launching attacks on the positions of the SPLA at Nasir airport this morning with mortar rounds, rockets and tank fire,” Aguer told Sudan Tribune.

Upper Nile state information minister, Philip Jiden Ogal, confirmed that heavy gun battle locked the main airport, with reports alleging that at least 230 several fighters were killed in the fighting.

He said shelling of the town started on Saturday and resumed at Nasir airport on Sunday, after several attempts at a ceasefire failed. Rockets and tanks were allegedly used.

“The rebels have been planning the attack and so the fighting began last week when they (rebels) started moving closure to the town and commenced bombing the town,” said Ogal.

South Sudan has been spellbound by instability when fighting within the presidential guard force erupted in December 2013, prior extending to other areas and leaving swathes of the country control of the rebel fighters allied to former vice-president Riek Machar.

Repeated attempts by government forces to contain the conflict remain futile despite the signing of the cessation of hostilities agreements. Rebel forces claimed they were acting in self defence as the latter attempted to assassinate their appointed military governor.

The military spokesperson for the rebels, Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang earlier said their forces had for the last three days been fighting in self-defense in order to “protect and prevent unlawfully arrest of the top military commander”.

IGAD CONDEMNS ATTACK

The special envoys from the regional bloc (IGAD) have strongly condemn this attack in Nasir by forces of the SPLM/A in Opposition, describing it a blatant violation of Cessation of Hostilities (COH) Agreement, signed between the South Sudanse government and the rebel faction on 23 January.

“While the casualties of this attack are yet to be assessed, the mediation team is saddened by the continued loss of lives not only of combatants, but of vulnerable groups like women and children,” IGAD said in a statement.

Both warring parties, the regional bloc said, had on 10 June pledged to “end the war now” and establish a transitional government within 60 days.

“In view of the above and of reports of rising tensions in other areas, the IGAD Special Envoys appeal to the Parties to remain committed to the Agreements signed and to exercise maximum restraints and desist from any further violations,” IGAD said.

Talks between the two parties, currently on hold, is seen as the best alternative to the country’s seven-month-old conflict that has killed thousands and displaced nearly 1.5 million people.

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  • 21 July 06:57, by George Bol

    According to reliable source,1,200 and more Rebels were killed in the battle. They rebels of riek machar attempted many times,but were repulse wit heavy lose-source said. The fight is ongoing and rebels seems exhausted with limited manpower.
    Stay tune-----,.

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    • 21 July 07:13, by Mi diit

      Philip Aguer is a known liar. He thinks his job is to tell a lie. He will confirm the capture of Nasir two days later. I bet he cannot use his tribal SSTV to take live pictures in Nasir to prove it, because he is simply lying. Kiir’s militias are busy on the run in wild forests going to no where, confused, tired, hungry and cursing themselves.

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      • 21 July 07:21, by Mi diit

        I have a friend with Kiiir’s militias spying on government troops. He just told me they are still on the run and Nasir is fully controlled by the rebels. He said many traitors from Nuer and Bahr el Ghazal were killed and army vehicles destroyed with many tanks captured by rebels.

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        • 21 July 07:39, by Chol A.

          Midiit you and your spy friend within government will be shame of sad news stay tune and continue spread your misleading informations.

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        • 21 July 21:12, by San Manyuon

          Medit,

          You’re very engage in the status of this conflict, you like it to continue, that is my feeling of your writing. What is the reason of this fighting if you don’t mind elaborating it, write a professional article or "declaration of war" and what the solutions is for the conflict. Have you not really learned anything about Riek and the civil wars including the Nuer civil war of the 1992-1994?

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        • 21 July 21:23, by San Manyuon

          Mi diit,
          Here is my advice to you and other Riek supporters out there. Laid down your support for a person, a tribal person whose only goal in life is to be the president regardless of the human life it cost, think of thousands of your own civilians who had died & those who escape to seek shelters. SS is an everlasting country, we can achieve our dreams if we keep the peace and being patriotic.

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        • 21 July 22:12, by San Manyuon

          Mi diit,
          Salva because of his patience, he assumed the throne. Look his position before 1991. He wasn’t literate just like Nyuon, and Kuanyin, but he remains patience, to earn his post. I am not a die heart supporter of him as a person, but of his position as the president. It’s a tough job and all have to wait their turns. He destroys his part, great ones will do their best and we move on in peac

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      • 21 July 10:11, by Force 1

        Midiit;

        Well; let’s say that colonel Phillip Aguer is lying according to you; but; can you prove it to us that you’ve captured Nasir? Why struggle to tell us that someone else is lying when you should prove it to us that Nasir is under your control?! Where is your evident that Nasir is under your control?

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      • 21 July 13:18, by Mayom County Boy

        I think it does not need to make people to share some words
        with out sense for capturing of Nasir , because rebel of Madiit as celebrating capture of Nasir since yesterday , while comrade Aguer is denying it, who may be a right person to understand by the world.

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      • 21 July 21:34, by San Manyuon

        Mi diit,

        History is written in the heart and mind of Sudanese people and it’s time for the Sudanese to see their contribution in the struggle. Your home work is to go and read and see how people will understand who the Nuer are. I am very sorry that many patriotic sound minded Nuer in the future may face the backlash doubt because of the history many Nuer had envovled themselves in.

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      • 21 July 21:59, by San Manyuon

        Mi diit,

        SPLA knows William Nyuon and many others gallants and brave patriotic Nuer, but Riek destroyed those great reputations. Nyuon died in the hands of Riek shortly after he rejoined the SPLA. He himself had a good history, but listening to prophet of doom, he wiped out his contribution to history. On the other hand, Salva would have not made it to his current posted had Riek not rebelled.

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    • 21 July 07:48, by Malakal county Simon

      George Bol

      No rational person would think your make up reliable source that said 1200 rebels were killed in 2 hours battle leave alone one day fighting that number is exaggerated by any body that’s has a normal brain, unless your likes due to mental disorders.... Back to article; Philip Aguer should feeding public with lies each day, because we are adults and smart to be fool like kids!!

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      • 21 July 07:55, by Malakal county Simon

        We all know that Nasir county has been fallen to freedom fighters since Sunday morning and any one that can dispute that he or she must be a deaf person’s just like George Bol and Philip Aguer period!!

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    • 21 July 08:30, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      Please rebels, it is matter of times for the national forces (SPLA) to regain full control of the whole town of Nasir, thought the airport and the county HQ as you claims, you the rebels.

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    • 21 July 09:23, by Son of Ngundeng

      Dear All:
      Phillip Aguer he just putting the big dry wood on the fire to make a flam and dry out the druma and making fake sound, of telling lie to the poor citizen which know nothing about what is going on the war field, while the government troops run out through Parial desert no one will reach Malakal Town in peace.

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  • 21 July 08:01, by Madina Tonj

    Yes, the Original SPLA will teach these Nyagat rebellion lesson. This war is not about tribal war and is not about Nuers and Dinkas or Equatorians but this is about defending system of coup or altitudes of taking power by forceful solution must not and will not be accepted to Mr. Riek Machar and his allies. Juba government must set up the tactical successful of defeated, crashing those against Gov

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    • 21 July 08:24, by Malakal county Simon

      You’re mentally sick and traumatised if you still believe in well rejected make up coup!!

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  • 21 July 10:13, by Thondet Manyang

    Is that the peace Nuer want, In hope the reached town without single person died from their colleagues. We shouldn’t celebrate the war!! Those (South Sudanese) that are dying in that battle field are killed for self interest by Dr.Riek (Disaster)Which we are sure he will not achieve. If SPLA are in Nasir, does Riek think they will take it to DRC or Chad when peace is achieved. You(Rebel)are Stupi

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  • 21 July 16:06, by Bolong

    Rebels,

    Lul Ruai Koang promised you last Friday that you will hear good news soon. The man was hopping on their planned attack of Nasir town assumed that they will capture it. When the rebel’s attackers reached airport yesterday morning and got defeated by SPLA. Lul called it they captured the town just to warm up his promised. It should have been about the truths not military racing, hoops.

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  • 21 July 16:37, by Machiek

    They re telling us old stories when the update is "insurgents were kicked out of Ketbet located 2 kilometres from Nasir town this Monday morning by SPLA commandos" shame on Machar’ s movement of recruiting the children to fight for stomach interest.

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    • 21 July 18:16, by omoni jr.

      Machiek,
      you and Nuer are the same , blood thirsty vampires,the problem is why are you disarming Nuer and massacred them mercilessly ,why? Nuer have right to defend themselves from Terrorist Dinka regime that killed their own citizens.

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      • 21 July 23:08, by Machiek

        Omoni Jr,
        I hope u re a kind of a human being that may have a capacity of reasoning & understanding!...but I have detected da the normal human may not questioned like u did!! But shd ask some very simple questions like " why Nuer re fighting against the Government? Or why do Nuer opted to kill every tribe da is in Unity state and in Malakal? Those re the simple qts that a normal person may ask.

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        • 21 July 23:22, by Machiek

          .....Omoni Jr
          Dinka didn’t & will never kill Nuer for no reason!....For ur info the one killing Nuer sons is Riek so if Nuer feel like to defends themselves then they shd make defence against Riek who is recruiting the children to fight for him!...I sometimes pray silently to let God make pipo with shallow mind have better understanding! & make their eyes bigger to see the real source of the prblm

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