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South Sudan rebels accuse government of planting landmines


August 13, 2014 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudanese rebels led by the former vice-president, Riek Machar have accused president Salva Kiir’s government of violating the cessation of hostilities agreement and planting landmines in the Greater Upper Nile region.

In press release issued on Wednesday seen by Sudan Tribune, rebels military spokesperson Brig Lul Ruai Koang claimed that the South Sudanese army continued to violate the ceasefire deal in areas of Unity, Upper Nile and Jonglei states.

“The Government of South Sudan have continued to violate the Cessation of Hostilities agreement on daily basis in Unity State in particular, and this has been manifested by attacks and occupation of relief centres in Nhialdiu in Rupkoni County and Guit County even during the distribution of relief items to the displaced,” Koang said.

He said government forces had been carrying out indiscriminate shelling of villages surrounding Bentiu town which resulted in the killing of civilians.

“The latest violation was committed on 12 August when the government forces attacked our positions at Kal-Jak, Maan-Kuach and Thoan military outposts in Rupkoni and Guit counties respectively,” he said.

Similar violations targeting civilians, he said, were being committed in the presence of international forces and monitors in Nasir and Ayod counties in Upper Nile and Jonglei states respectively.

“Our forces will no longer condone such acts of aggression against civilian targets by Salva troops and would exercise the right to defend civilians in areas under our control as well as act in self-defence when attacked.”


Koang further accused government forces of planting landmines along routes used by civilians who escape from the fighting.

“In a move contrary to international conventions banning the use of all types of land mines against civilians, the government forces have been laying anti-personnel land mines on routes used by civilians,” he said.

He further explained that most of the land mines have been planted on routes used by civilians to escape to neighbouring Republic of Sudan with Bentiu-Manga- Heglig roads being the heavily mined routes.

He said ,any innocent civilians, including women, children and the elderly, had lost their lives, after falling victim to the landmines.

The two warring parties signed a cessation of hostilities agreement on 23 January, but since then both sides have accused each other of committing violations.

A peace process mediated by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) to try to end the nearly eight months old war is underway in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.


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  • 14 August 2014 11:03, by Dengic

    Does civilian in upper Nile carry guns or why do spla target them to the extend of planting land mines?...The mines should be planted to deter you from attacking civilians instead...Everyone knows you kill civilian bse of food, if not where do you get your food then?.

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  • 14 August 2014 11:11, by Gunkills

    You don’t need to cry, all these must be blamed on Riek Machar. Why he always after power without thinking the consequences? If you don’t surrender now you will die in bush. Mark my word

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  • 14 August 2014 11:19, by wang

    Mrs. kiir supporters

    you guys are just terrorist groups, not a govt….so where in a world you can find a govt that wanted to clear out the rebels can use a landmines in the country they called it their? Good luck for your wishing that you are going to wins this war?

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  • 14 August 2014 11:19, by Akot Deng

    Then show us the route being used by rebels, when there is war excuses are not tolerated, you better meant your bussineess of disrespecting the agreement, I regreted of sharing the nation with fools of low understanding.

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  • 14 August 2014 11:29, by Akot Deng

    There are some stupid guys in this web who use the female names instead of Male , i failed to understand the logic, of course we have those female like Hellenjohson of Liberia she is a female and there is nothing wrong being a female or male but the problem is with the greed cumminity and thier unwise leader who resist changes.

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  • 15 August 2014 08:13, by Grind Me

    Gatdet! Just keep lying on web posting false claims, but one of the days you will admit the actual facts.

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