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S. Sudanese warring parties clash in Unity state: sources

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May 12, 2015 (BENTIU) – South Sudan government forces and its armed opposition troops clashed over control of Mayiandit county headquarters in Unity state Tuesday.

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Rebel fighters hold their weapons as they march through a village in rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 9 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

Col. Peter Gatbany Chuol, a rebel official said an attack from pro-government forces was repulsed on Tuesday afternoon.

“It is true government forces attacked our positions. We are still engaging them in areas south of the county headquarter,” Chuol said.

He said pro-government forces would be repulsed if they attempt to retake any rebel-held area.

“We are expecting some reinforcement from our neighboring counties in some hours to come to help us drive them out of our territory,” said Chuol, without naming these nations.

Recent hostilities between South Sudan’s warring parties in the oil-rich Unity state have displaced over 100,000 people, the United Nations mission in the country (UNMISS) said.

Toby Lanzer, the UN humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan urged the warring factions to immediately cease hostilities, respect innocent civilians and their properties.

The UN, in a statement, said it had credible information indicating numerous towns and villages in Guit and Koch counties in Unity state were reportedly “burned” amid killings, abductions of males as young as 10 years of age, rape and abduction of girls and women and forced displacement of civilians.

“Although it is unclear who committed such atrocities, it is the responsibility of the Government to ensure that all civilians are protected, as well as for all parties to ensure that all civilians are protected, as well as for all parties to ensure appropriate command and control of their combatants to prevent the targeting of civilians,” the UN mission in the country said in a statement issued on Monday.

The UN also expressed concerns over what it described as the aggressive behaviour by by South Sudanese soldiers towards UN staff at checkpoints in the country.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly two million displaced since violence broke out in the country in 2013. Aid agencies say up to 3 million people could face starvation if the conflict in the world’s youngest nation remains unresolved.

The conflict has forced about 120,000 people to seek shelter in UN compounds across the country with projections that the number could reach 293,000 by end of year.

The UN estimates that 13,000 children are associated with armed forces and groups nationwide in South Sudan, with credible evidence reportedly indicating the warring parties have engaged in the recruitment of child soldiers since the conflict began.

Ellen Margrethe Loj, the head of UN mission in the country reminded the warring parties to the conflict of their “obligation to abide by international human rights and humanitarian law” and urged them to take “all measures not to harm civilians and guarantee the safety of international aid organisations and UN personnel and assets.”

“There is no legitimate reason to burn civilian homes, or target civilian girls, boys, women or men through violence, including sexual violence,” Loj said in a statement.

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  • 13 May 2015 11:17, by Mapuor

    Mayendit oyeee.We are in full control of Mayendit and Nyagats are fleeing the area in confusion. Koch is gone and Leer is shivering.People of Mayendit have called SPLA to liberate them from bandits who loot their cattle. President Kiir Oyee,democracy Oyeeee.

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    • 13 May 2015 12:46, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      All the militia generals will be collected and hung as a warning to others. not any single village will be left to them if they refuse to disarm and surrender.

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    • 13 May 2015 15:05, by Mayom County Boy

      Mapuor and Lotodo Awino Odug plus Alfredo Christiani
      burning civilians houses to ashes does n,t have meaning full
      why do we not fight Dr Riek Machar alone with is groups ? do civilians have relationship with riek machar rebellions ?
      who will vote for us later on when election near be conducted ?
      Am too sorry indeed when i read Alfredo Christiani comment on www.sudantribune.com this afternoon time.

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  • 13 May 2015 14:18, by Alfredo christiani

    Dear readers
    Panyijar, Mayendit counties in unity state are under full control of the SPLA forces and fighting is still ongoing in Leer, Guit, and Koch counties, five illiterates generals were reported killed in action and rebels forces scattered in the bushes with heavy casualties. stay tune more details will follow soon, Riak must surrender himself to the government forces.

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    • 13 May 2015 15:58, by Eastern

      Alfredo,

      Such are the Pyrrhic victories a Kiir and Riek will continue win over the other with huge human hemorrhage, to borrow the words of Museveni.

      It’s a fallacy to think that their is a decisive point in this war where Riek will surrender to Kiir; equally there is no point in time that Kiir can give up the fight, if he did, Paul Malong will take over and you can imagine.......

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    • 13 May 2015 16:01, by Eastern

      Alfredo,

      Such are the Pyrrhic victories a Kiir and Riek will continue win over the other with huge human hemorrhage, to borrow the words of Museveni.

      It’s a fallacy to think that their is a decisive point in this war where Riek will surrender to Kiir; equally there is no point in time that Kiir can give up the fight, if he did, Paul Malong will take over and you can imagine.......

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