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S. Sudanese army claim to have regained rebel-held areas

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May 1, 2015 (BENTIU) - South Sudanese army (SPLA) claimed they have regained control of rebel-held areas in Nhialdiu payam, south-west of Unity state capital, Bentiu.

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South Sudanese soldiers patrol the streets of Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 (Photo: Simon Maina/AFP)

The clashes between the country’s two rival factions reportedly occurred on Wednesday and Thursday in Rubkotna county, a stronghold of the armed opposition groups led by South Sudan’s former vice president, Riek Machar.

The commissioner for Mayom county, Col. Bol Mayak, said government forces control several villages, including Nhialdiu payam.

"Yes our forces have taken some locations from rebel-held areas inthe last one week of operation. The rebels always attack our positions which angered the SPLA forces to pursue them in theirhideouts," Mayak told Sudan Tribune via satellite phone Friday.

He accused the rebels of violating the ceasefire agreements after they allegedly attacked government-held territories north, south and east of Bentiu, including the main oil fields north of Bentiu.

“The SPLA forces are advancing towards Koch after their successful mission in the four payams in Koch and Rubkotna counties,” he said.

ACCUSATIONS OF RAPE AND RAID

In multiple interviews, local chiefs from Rubkotna and Guit counties in Unity state accused pro-government of allegedly committing various crimes on innocent civilians during the attack on rebel-held areas.

Gatkor Thaak, a resident from Rubkotna, said over 30 civilians were allegedly killed when armed civilians and government forces from Mayom, Warrap and Abiehnom attacked Thaknyal, Waak, Tongedool, Tuarkiel and Kotchiengdut on Thursday and Friday.

He told Sudan Tribune that all villages were set on fire, with over 350 cattle allegedly raided by pro-government forces.

"Most of the people who attacked us were civilians from Mayom, Abiehnom and Warrap state. They were promised by pro-government forces take cattle and women after a successful mission in the rebel-held areas," said Thaak.

He claimed Bul-Nuer militias fought alongside pro-government forces during the attack.

Mangag Tuoth, a Sultan from Guit county, separately accused the pro-government forces of allegedly raping women and girls after failing to retake Kuergueyni and Dhorbor areas of oil-rich Unity state.

Over 15 houses, he said, were set ablaze allegedly by the SPLA after facing strong resistance from rebels in the south and east of Bentiu town.

Commissioner Mayak, however, dismissed as untrue claims that he mobilised youth from neighbouring Warrap state against rebels, but admitted that youths from Mayom assisted pro-government forces.

He also denied reports that the SPLA forces took away cattle and women after they successfully launched attacks in rebels-held territories.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced in South Sudan’s worst-ever outbreak of violence since it seceded from Sudan in July 2011.

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  • 2 May 2015 09:00, by Ahmed Chol

    old are finishing the young! Just five more years and nobody will marry the girls.

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  • 2 May 2015 09:26, by Kenyang

    I can’t agree more. Few more years and foreign countries’ warm meals attendant, aka greedy selfish lazy Riek is no more. Fools with that dog know they are despised forever.

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    • 2 May 2015 15:10, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      This rebellion will soon be classify as a brief-case movement.they are losing and surrendering to SPLA .The chapter of rebellions will be fully close after defeating this recalcitrant militias once and for all.

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    • 2 May 2015 19:01, by Ito

      False news, instead the freedom fighters have killed many government soldiers and some of them have surrendered to us and some fled to the bush. This time there is no joke, we are matching upto Juba to remove the tribal government in Juba. YOu the rest of tribes should not be foolish to follow evil Salva otherwise you will die like those who have died because of lack of knowledge.

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      • 3 May 2015 06:54, by Mayom County Boy

        To: Ito don’t deny this sources of information ,more destruction took place on 28 To 29 /4/2015,cattle raiding child abduction all this occurs,random killing of civilians.we call this paey yang last part raam

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