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S. Sudan accuses rebels of attacking Jonglei’s Ayod town


July 22, 2014 (JUBA) – Authorities in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on Tuesday accused rebels of launching attacks on Ayod town so as to gain its control from pro-government forces.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA)

“They [rebels] attacked Ayod this [Tuesday] morning but were repulsed by SPLA,” Judy Jonglei, the state information minister told Sudan Tribune by phone.

“This is a total violation the ceasefire,” he added.

Gordon Buay, a member of other armed groups integration committee, said the rebels violated the agreed ceasefire by attacking Ayod town Tuesday morning.

"The attackers were white army commanded by renegade Duop Lam, former minister of law enforcement in Jonglei state from 2009 to December, 15, 2013", Buay said in a statement.

"The SPLA forces repulsed the attack within one hour and inflicted heavy casualties on the marauding White Army. The SPLA forces, after conducting searches, found 64 dead bodies of the rebels most of whom are young boys below the ages of 18", he further claimed.

The rebel military spokesperson, Brig. Gen Lul Ruai Koang was not available for a comment.

On Sunday, rebels claimed they had recaptured Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile town, amidst government assertion that it fully controlled the region. The United Nations, however, said on Tuesday that most parts of Nasir appeared to be under the control of opposition forces, apart from the SPLA barracks, which is located west of the town.

Both sides have been accused of repeatedly violating the ceasefire, which was signed in January and re-committed to four months later in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), which is mediating talks between the two parties, condemned Sunday’s attack by opposition forces and called it a violation of the ceasefire.

In a related development, the United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-Moon expressed deep concerns over the attack urging opposition leader Riek Machar to cease immediately all offensive operations on Nasir and other points.

He further called on South Sudan government to desist from launching a counter-offensive.

The two parties “should stop the violence immediately, reconvene political negotiations and demonstrate the political will necessary to find a peaceful resolution to the conflict”.


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  • 23 July 2014 08:11, by Madina Tonj

    IGAD and Africa AU need to look in to this violation made by rebels of former vice president Riek Machar Teny. If Africa leaders believes they want to bring peace among Southern Sudanese people then, those who violated peace talks must be punished otherwise, South Sudan government have to come up with good tactical on defeated rebels of Riek Machar. GOSS must buys war airplanes to crashes rebels.

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    • 23 July 2014 11:22, by Ayom Ayom

      Since the SPLM/A in opposition vows to continue violating ceasefire, I think the fighting will continues between the rebels groups & government and it will take them many years such as 5, 10 or even more to agreed on the really cessation of hostilities. It’s look like it is too earlier to talk about cease fire and peace now, both parties still did not exhausted all their military effort.

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  • 23 July 2014 08:12, by Madina Tonj

    IGAD and Africa AU need to look in to this violation made by rebels of former vice president Riek Machar Teny. If Africa leaders believes they want to bring peace among Southern Sudanese people then, those who violated peace talks must be punished otherwise, South Sudan government have to come up with good tactical on defeated rebels of Riek Machar. GOSS must buys war airplanes to crashes rebels.

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  • 23 July 2014 10:06, by Mayom County Boy

    IGAD are the one to be blame if rebel of riek machar are still attacking government barrack , because they the one who are monitoring the ceasefire between government and rebel .

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    • 23 July 2014 11:05, by Gangura

      Mr. Ban Kin it is them Kirr forces who are provoking the rebels to attack them, as I am talking with you we the rebels are not attacking them but, all time we are been attacked so tell me what do we do if SPLA are coming to attack us? should we sit and see them killing our soldiers? my friend Mr, Kin say something which is health not sick statement at this moment otherwise u will provoke more

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  • 23 July 2014 13:50, by Ayuen deng

    I think the solution to stop the rebels is a joint fight by the world leaders because Riek Generals like Duop Lam are killing innocent Nuer children in the name of white army that is fighting aimless Helen Johnson’s war,when thier own children are studying in good schools a broad. i wish i were Nuer elder i d’ stop our children from dying because these children are more importance then Riek’s war.

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    • 23 July 2014 21:15, by Adodi Jotuwa

      The rebels of Dr Hopeless Riek thought they would gain upper hand when they go back to Addis but things turned out to be opposite. For me personally I do not care how long this senseless war of Dr Hopeless would take. He should put in his fucking brain that we will do the way he believes. What I know Dr Hopeless is useless like Brig. Gen. Lul Koang who refused to make comments.

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      • 23 July 2014 21:22, by Adodi Jotuwa

        Let’s go to Addis to have fun. Make no mistake that Dr. Hopeless will leave this planet with innocent civilians. He knows that he will never win any elections. Even Khartoum who is supporting him logistically knows pretty well that Dr. Hopeless is useless because they stamped his ass like the late Isaiah Paul according to a reliable source. How can u force yourself to be a leader without record?

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        • 23 July 2014 21:30, by Adodi Jotuwa

          A leader must look at himself first in the mirror before he tests the water. Dr Hopeless doesn’t care about looking at himself because he knows that he can fool some Nuer or white army to fight for his interest. Did he not try and fail in 1991? Why should some myopic Nuer support a useless Dr Hopeless who pretends to look presidential and offers a patronizing smile? History is a good tool to know.

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          • 23 July 2014 21:46, by Adodi Jotuwa

            History will repeat itself if myopic Nuer want to see with their own eyes how Dr Hopeless will miserably lose this senseless war of becoming the next President of South Sudan. Savimbi failed in Angola with his education and war game to become the next President of Angola. The West got away with diamond and left him slaughtered like a stray dog. Peace prevailed in Angola so far. No more ngot-ngot.

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            • 23 July 2014 21:56, by Adodi Jotuwa

              Those who joined Dr Hopeless for positions believe that Dr. Hopeless will become President of South Sudan at any cost. Forget it. It is not a different SPLA, but the same SPLA that he abandoned in 1991 and returned to again in 2002. Anybody who wants positions can rightly join Dr Hopeless but not me who cares about unity of South Sudanese more than Riek. I wanna see peace, stability,development.

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