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South Sudan rebels claim repulsed army attack in Unity state

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August 27, 2015 (GANYLIEL) - South Sudanese rebels say they twarted attempts by pro-government forces (SPLA) to recapture Taiyar port in Payinjiar county, south of Unity state.

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SPLA soldiers sit in a pick-up in the key north oil city of Bentiu after capturing it from rebels on 12 January 2014 (Photo: AFP/Simon Maina)

The rebel-appointed commissioner for Payinjiar county, John Tap Puot said their forces pushed back the enemy on Thursday.

“Our forces have repulsed the attackers, and we are still speedily pursuing them towards Shambe port,” he told Sudan Tribune over satellite phone from Ganyliel payam.

Heavy fighting reportedly occured east of Ganyliel payam at Lieda, some 10 kilometers south of Taiyar main port the country’s armed opposition faction and forces allied to President Salva Kiir, according to local officials and aid agencies operating in the area.

The attack comes a day after President Kiir signed the long-awaited IGAD-brokered peace agreement to end the 20-months old onflicts in the country on Wednesday.

Puot accused government forces of renewed military offensives against their forces in the area.

He claimed forces loyal to President Kiir heavily shelled Taiyar port at 4:30pm and largely accused the Juba government for failing to adhere to the recently signed peace accord.

“It is not a surprise to us that pro government will violate this document, which they have signed yesterday [Wednesday]. Our position is to inform the international community that the government of Juba does not stick on its words and this has reflected [that] they are not ready to bring peace to the people of South Sudan,” Puot told [Sudan Tribune].

The official further claimed the rebels mainly reacted in self-defense and warned of imminent attacks should government forces continue attacking their positions.

“I want to tell our supporters around the world that Payinjiar county shall never and will never be captured by anyone. It would be better we all die first than surrendering our home land to the enemies,” he added.

Puot says the armed opposition leadership remains committed to the peace deal, but claimed the Juba regime was not supporting an end to the war through negotiations.

A source, who asked not to be named, said the government-appointed Payinjiar county commissioner, William Nyuon Joak commanded forces that attacked the area Thursday.

Sudan Tribune was, however, unable to independently verify these claims.

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  • 28 August 2015 10:41, by Akuma

    Renegade Riek is not controlling his forces otherwise International communities should take rid of Riek.

    President of South Sudan declare permanent ceasefire yesterday....and Rebel Riek has not never did that. How will the rebel forces control themselves when they don’t have leaders

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    • 28 August 2015 14:19, by Malakal county Simon

      Slave/tribal Akuma

      You can bark as long as you want...... But the fact is, all the tribes in South Sudan know very well that liars, are part of Dinka culture...... It’s was government forces under primitive Paul Malong (general chief of staff) who stated he is against the peace......

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      • 28 August 2015 14:30, by Malakal county Simon

        Cont...

        The citizens of South Sudan and the world at large knew it very well that the unpopular government camp, is divided over the peace and some elements within government want to push for military solution...... But be warn, that the people’s of South Sudan and their friends world wide, are watching the government activities closely......

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      • 28 August 2015 15:55, by Khent

        Who are you calling ’slave’, Bashir’s house-help? You people came back in 2006 after serving Khartoum for decades, so you really shouldn’t throw that word around considering that it can be applied to you more than anyone else. It fits you like a glove. Lying is what you people do best. Your many ’prophets’ lied to your youth that they could be resurrected upon dying on the battlefields.

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      • 28 August 2015 16:34, by Lotodo Awino Odug

        ceasefire is declared by president Kirr: may work or it may not. nobody is sure whether it is going to stop the madness next week.

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