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S. Sudan rebels claim killing over 100 government soldiers

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

May 4, 2015 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan rebels led by former vice-president, Riek Machar on Monday claimed to have inflicted heavy losses on pro-government forces after the clashes in Unity state.

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Rebel fighters greet one another at a rebel camp in South Sudan’s Jonglei state on 1 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The rebel’s deputy military spokesperson, Dickson Gatluak Nyuot, told Sudan Tribune as many as 125 government soldiers were allegedly killed during battles at Parieng, Lalop areas and in South Sudan’s Unity state oil field territory.

“91 others [soldiers] were also wounded,” he said, adding “Three T-55 tanks were destroyed and several ammunitions captured in Bentiu”.

According to the armed opposition group, the Juba government allegedly pulled out its forces from several places in Upper Nile after they came under strong pressure from the rebel forces.

Sudan Tribune was unable to independently verify the armed opposition’s cliams.

Nyuot further said the armed opposition forces will eventually move to occupy Pom, Attar, Kaldak, Cannal, Khorpoluth, Doleep, Obel 1, Obel 2, Obel 3, Obel 4, wechtungkeernyang and Tunja areas.

“SPLA/IO forces will also be redeploying further in Baliet and Galachiel since the pro-government forces left these positions for Akooka and Maluth in the last two weeks” added the official.

The occupation and redeployment operation, he said, will take place in two days as per orders from the rebel headquarters in Pagak.

“The main reasons for the government troops to abandon the areas is because of the Unity state and Malakal battles,” Nyuot claimed.

He said SPLA/IO forces regained full control of their positions in Omdelwich, north of Renk and managed to resist and repulse multiple attacks in Tibun from Government troops in Upper Nile state.

“Our forces are on high alert also in unity and Jonglei states where SPLA forces are being monitor for their advancing move from Gatdiang to attack Lou Nuer Local defend forces (LDF),” said Nyuot.

He also said the armed opposition forces were in a similar move to attack Mayandiit and Leer in Unity state, through Lake state.

Meanwhile, the state liaison officer George Gatloy Kong from Koch county in Unity state accused the South Sudanese army of allegedly killing and raping women in Nhial Dui payam of Unity state.

Kong alleged the SPLA soldiers and their senior officers around Nhialdiu village were committing atrocities against civilians after the rebels withdrew from the areas around.

“The situation is out of control in Nhial Dui following the evacuation of IO forces from the area”, he said on Monday.

He called on the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) team, African Union and the international communities to protect civilians from being mistreated.

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  • 5 May 2015 10:12, by Mayom County Boy

    Am asking how many were kill by government from rebels ?
    white liars from rebel of Riek Machar .
    GOVERNMENT IS GOVERNMENT !!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 5 May 2015 10:31, by Robot

      Articles written by Kuich Taban and Tesfa Alem!!!!!!!, i always doubt their credibility..... mostly what they do is either they omit their names if the article is biased or their names to feature mostly in biased and radical news, i realized this long ago before the crisis started. i don’t buy their news.

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  • 5 May 2015 11:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Rebels, is claiming nonsense, the government didn’t lost any items, whether in human or military hardware.
    The SPLA, are not also evacuated any places as they IO claiming in Upper Nil.

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  • 5 May 2015 15:03, by Mr Point

    It does not matter how much Kiirs government spends on military power. This is a war that they can not win.

    The military spending is destroying the economy. Kiir’s government is digging away at the very thing that holds it up.

    Economic pressure and the political pressure from the Troika will end this war, not to Kiir’s advantage.

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  • 5 May 2015 17:06, by Hardlinner

    Did these moron rebels mentioned passing through lake state?. Rememer what happened to your forces in 1991. The were all wide off. So be reminded, bahr el ghazal is unpenettratable. We will kill you even your foolish commander riek if he ever set foot in bahr el ghazal.

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  • 5 May 2015 17:14, by Nyesi Ta

    Yes, BG is not easy to penetrate by our forces, but it is also not peaceful and safe from itself because them savages are already killing themselves, why bother to go there any way? Our forces will only move in when they are done finishing themselves.

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  • 5 May 2015 17:52, by Eastern

    Dear All,

    In modern warfare, just expect Pyrrhic victories. There is no way SPLA-Kiir or SPLA-Riek will vanquish the other. Many stupid lads will continue to die at the expense of worshiping the two men. South Sudanese look beyond these men!

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