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S. Sudan’s rival forces trade accusations over fresh clashes

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August 11, 2014 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rival forces on Monday traded fresh accusations over clashes in Nasir, a strategic Upper Nile state town currently controlled by government forces.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) at Jonglei state’s Bor airport after they recaptured the town from rebels (AFP)

The acting spokesperson of South Sudanese army, Lt. Col. Joseph Marier claimed the rebels lost at least 32 fighters in Nasir on Sunday.

“The rebels of Riek Machar carried out the attack on the position of our forces this morning in Nasir, but they were repulsed by our gallant forces,” Lt. Col. Marrirer said in a statement issued Monday.

“This belligerent act is a clear violation of the ceasefire”, he added, without providing more details on the incident.

Upon his arrival from the United States-African leaders’ summit on Sunday, president Salva Kiir told a reception rally at Juba airport that rebels twice attacked government forces in Nasir.

REBELS REFUTE CLAIMS

A spokesperson for the rebel group, however, described as “unjustified” the government’s version of events on the Nasir attack.

“[The] SPLA [in-Opposition] takes this opportunity to dismiss [president] Kiir and Michael’s [Makuei] statements as baseless and a reversed version of the reality on the ground. The correct version of events is that government forces attempted to advance on our positions at Ketbek, 2km southeast of Nasir town in order to achieve two military objectives; make more territorial gains and steal food from civilians,” Brig. Gen. Lul Ruai Koang said on Monday.

He gave no details on casualties involved, but claimed government troops were driven back to Nasir, allegedly thwarting their plans to make more territorial gains before a peace agreement is reached.

(ST)

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  • 12 August 2014 05:05, by Dinka-Defender-General

    Guys, do Machar and his militias know the meaning of "ceasefire?" It means stop fighting and wait for peace in plain language. Can somebody explains this term to them please. I think they don’t know the meaning of the word and that’s why they always attack when hearing the word ceasefire. Machar, ceasefire means stop fighting and make a room for peace period. Stop. Stop. Stop. Stop fighting.

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  • 12 August 2014 05:17, by Kim Deng

    There is not peace in this Jungle (South Sudan) until Uganda withraw all its forces.

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    • 12 August 2014 05:44, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Take it easy Mr. Kim Deng. I will tell you when they’re ready to go. That’s an emperor job. That’s why I am a king and you cheto. Nobody, I mean nobody make these top decisions beside me. Just follow my directions and you will be OK similar to 22 years war led to CPA remember DDG.

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      • 12 August 2014 08:16, by Malakal county Simon

        The world should know by now that unwanted and foolish president Kiir is not serious to make peace and certainly does not care about the lives of South Sudanese...... At what reason attacking rebels position, when you have signed the ceasefire with your opponent??

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        • 12 August 2014 09:58, by Chol A.

          Simon Nyagat, who is wanted Kiir? Do you really know meaning of most wanted? Kiir came from summit where he met with world leaders why they didn’t catch him? Why your uncle hopeless attend that summit if he is legitimate? You will soon be like M23 of Congo mark words.

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          • 12 August 2014 13:46, by Malakal county Simon

            Slave Chol;

            You want to know who the people’s of SS wanted to be the next president of South Sudan right?? Dr Machar will be your next president or hung yourself!! And if you followed the recent US-Africa summit, you will find it out that Kiir, was extremely humiliated and isolated by both African leaders and US officials.....

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            • 12 August 2014 15:23, by Chol A.

              @simon Nyagat it laughable dream and that will be the day all South Sudanese see your real Ngundeng Illusion live. Why should I hung myself while I am now moving freely in Juba like African dogs where you and your proclaim leader are on hiding?

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