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S. Sudan’s rival forces clash over control of oil-rich town


October 27, 2014 (JUBA) – Fresh clashes occurred in South Sudan’s Unity state on Monday as rival forces clashed the very day peace talks were meant to commence in Ethiopia.

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Soldiers from the South Sudanese army (SPLA) on guard in Bentiu, the capital of South Sudan’s Unity state on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

The incident, in violation of the cessation of hostile deal agreed on in January and re-committed to in May, comes days after the two rival leaders met for talks in Arusha, Tanzania.

“There is a fighting going on now in Bentiu as we are here. The rebels of Riek Machar have launched an attack on the positions of the SPLA forces in the area and we are expecting them to do the same in other areas, especially in Upper Nile state,” president Salva Kiir told the opening session of the governors’ forum in Juba on Monday.

He said the rebels lacked commitment to the scores of agreements they signed with government, opting for military means to end war.

“While we have gathered here to talk about peace and reconciliation, Riek and his group are thinking about stories to tell the international community to cover what they are doing on the ground”, said Kiir.

Sources said fighting erupted in Unity oil fields at about 9:00am (local time), as rebels reportedly pushed government forces to Kubur Nyabol, located 4km north of the United Nations base in Rubkotna.

“This [Monday] afternoon, a number of residents from Bentiu and Rubkotna have appeared in the camp for safety under the UN protection,” a resident told Sudan Tribune by phone, adding that civilians often suffer when the two rival forces clash.

It is, however, still unclear as to which side started the fight, despite the two rivals trading accusations against one another in the past.

But, the South Sudan leader called for coordinated efforts from all the different levels in order to bring about stability and development.

“We must work together from the county level, state and national level. We must coordinate all efforts from all levels,” he stressed.

Several government officials, donors, diplomats, lawmakers and civil society members, among others, attended the forum on the theme, national reconciliation to restore peace, unity and reconstruction.

The conference will reportedly examine how best the country can tackle the current political challenges, amidst struggles to end the conflict that has killed thousands and displaced over a million people.


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  • 28 October 2014 10:24, by Ayom Ayom

    Effective from today, People of South Sudan are either in total war or total peace.

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  • 28 October 2014 10:51, by History has Records

    "You expect that they attack" or "you expect they will attack" What do you do when you know something wrong is going to happen?

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  • 28 October 2014 10:57, by Redeemer

    Nuers are fighting themselves in UN camps in Juba, they are outlaw community, Ngundeng ideologies of being recognized as killers will finish Nuer

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    • 28 October 2014 11:23, by Malakal county Simon


      For your information; Stop celebrating, that incident is well over since this morning......

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      • 28 October 2014 11:34, by Malakal county Simon

        Back to article;

        Kiir pro forces provoke our Free-dom Fighters forces, in first place without justification reasons..... That’s clearly show Kiir is not genuine enough to give peace a chance.....This information is for both South Sudanese, IGAD, and International community to know who is the real obstacle to ongoing peace process......

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  • 28 October 2014 14:55, by Kim Deng

    The Mighty Nuer Warriors are well prepared (20-30 yrs) for this war, which was imposed on them by coward King, Mr.Slava and his disciples. The Mighty Nuer Warriors must bring the Dinka Kingdom to its kness, it doesn’t a matter how long it may take. I have been seeing dead Jaang/Slaves walking in Nuerland (Bentiu, Ayod & Nasir).

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  • 28 October 2014 15:30, by Padiet Deng Alony

    i do not think that nuer food lovers will endure bush life with out food for 20-30 yrs as kim said. nuer did not stay for 21 yrs liberation strugle as did by our Heroes Dr. John and President Salva kiir. you guys betters choose peace or you will all run to ethiopia and khartoum forever. Mighty Dinka is invincible.

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  • 30 October 2014 06:55, by Naath Raani

    Nuers are people who care about others in South Sudan. That’s why Dinkas always immigrate to Nuers land. If Dinkas are brave enough why Nuers kicked their asses in Kakuma Camp 3 days a go? Dinka are sex offenders and that’s why a Dinka man raped a Nuer girl in Kakuma. I think Dinkas got pay back for that crime they commited.

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