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S. Sudan rebels accuse gov’t forces of using chemical weapons

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By Tesfa-Alem Tekle

February 1, 2016 (ADDIS ABABA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition group, (SPLM-IO) on Monday accused forces loyal to the Juba government of allegedly using chemical weapons on their forces in Lanyi and Mundri in East county of western equatoria state.

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A soldier from the South Sudanese army stands in front of a vehicle in South Sudan’s Unity State on 12 January 2014 (AP)

Colonel Nyarji Roman, the deputy spokesperson in the office of the SPLM-IO chairman told Sudan Tribune there was a heavy fighting between government forces and opposition forces loyal to Riek Machar in Lanyi and Mundri areas Sunday.

Nyarji said he had received a report from the ground that government forces left their base in Lanyi and entered towards the SPLM-IO site where the fighting took place.

The field commander of the SPLM-lO forces in Mundri East said his forces managed to counter government forces in self-defense, from entering the cantonment site and they pursued them up to their camp before he ordered his forces to withdraw.

“On arriving to their camp in Lanyi the government started bombing towards our forces with very unique weapon which has led our forces to go blind and started vomiting seriously”, said the SPLM-IO force commander.

“About forty of our forces went blind in a second due to the effect of what we suspected to be a chemical weapon fired on us,” he added. "But we are able to salvage them very fast by moving them to the site and give them salt”.

The two warring SPLM factions in August last year signed a final peace agreement to end the over two-year old conflict in South Sudan. However, clashes between the two rivals have since then continued in various parts of the country.

The opposition official accused president Salva Kiir government of continuing to deploy its forces in all villages in Greater Mundri contrary to the agreement.

He alleged that government forces were deployed in Tapari, Jambo, Buagyi, Lanyi, and Lui in Mundri East and Okari, Kotobi, Adango, Karika and Langowa in Mundri West County.

“The presence of those forces in the said locations were very destructive to the local population as they were, burning houses, arresting youths, rapping women and killing civilians” added Nyarji Roman.

According to him, few weeks ago, in Lanyi – Mundri East, three women were kidnapped by the (SPLA- Juba) Soldiers; the women kidnapped were still under the custody as SPLA (Juba) Soldiers in their camp in Lanyi till now.

“The conditions in which many of our people are now living in Mundri are a negative of human dignity and a disgrace to the twentieth century World”, said a mother of two, who preferred anonymity.

She added “But we believed in the facts that our real security and freedom does not depend on the pressures and negativities of the government forces in our area, but it depends on the unity of the people of South Sudan and on our united discretion’’.

The Mundri resident described the situation in the area as very frightening and requires the special attention from the regional bloc (IGAD) and the international communities.

The two South Sudan warring factions were supposed to form a transitional government by January 22, a deadline set by the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) however failed to meet the dead line.

During the 26th ordinary session of the African Union (AU) heads of states and governments concluded on Sunday, UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon commended efforts by the African Union (AU) to bring peace and stability to South Sudan.

However Ban said it was regrettable for the partners to miss the deadline to form the transitional government of national Unity.

Ban urged the two warring factions to let the people of South Sudan enjoy the fruits of independence.

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  • 2 February 07:41, by Thondet Manyang

    Stop propagating! You don’t know how bitter the war is. No one has ever and will ever think of using chemical weapons in South Sudan war, fear is the chemical itself. People are here for peace implementation and you are still attacking SPLA garrisons. You will feel it they are living beings like you. Do you think you can butcher them like unarmed civilians? Sorry! I said early that do bring war...

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    • 2 February 07:50, by Thondet Manyang

      Do not bring war near your family but you continue campaigning for it. Now it has reach do what you can to dislogde the goverment and replace it. You people are truly stupid. The places you mentioned are for the government even places you claim to be yours. I hope there is no separate independent locations within South Sudan. Taste it!! We would have captured Khartoum if rebels were stronger>Gov.

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    • 2 February 08:30, by Developer

      Tell your uncle Kiir, the chemicals weapon chlorine gas canister he has used on innocent people, times will comes and he will be accountable for it.

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      • 2 February 09:15, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        Developer,
        This comprises peace agreement would be cancelled, if Riek Machar, still violating comprises peace agreement signed by president Kiir.

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      • 2 February 09:37, by Thondet Manyang

        Developer,
        I can’t understand your English brother. Can you shade more lights on what you want to tell the public of which I am part of them?

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        • 2 February 15:08, by Developer

          Cow dung Thondet Manyang,

          It seems you are still under primary level that’s why your reasoning capacity doesn’t make sense at all?You can’t compare your credential with me that I over looked you still under cow dung level. You are unfit to be a leader because you reason like cow.

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    • 2 February 11:21, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      It’s foolishness to support the two tribes by the equatorian,the war between Nuer and Dinka were there before i was not born but now im an old person at the age of 49years,why to join the foolish people who cannot forgive one another

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    • 3 February 00:43, by Dinka-Defender-General

      Great response Mangang, Equatorians are being fool by Machar and they don’t know how to fight. Every time government soldiers want to face them, they cry like little child. Show us the evidences of chemicals that were used by the government soldiers. You should Machar and his soldiers why they are campaigning for peace. You cannot defeat government if Machar failed to. Now, he’s scare to come back

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      • 3 February 01:20, by Dinka-Defender-General

        This group of looters and terrorists called Arrow boys should ask Machar and his soldiers why they abandoned or campaigning for peace in Ethiopia. They tried to fight their way to Juba, but they had failed. Arrow boys also should learn from 21 months warriors. War is not like shopping malls. Therefore, shut up and fight like a man.

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  • 2 February 08:30, by Force 1

    Causing the government of using chemical weapons isn’t a prove that the chemical weapons exist and were used against the rebels. To be a propagandist you must have the brain to produce a reasonable propaganda.

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  • 2 February 09:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Riek Machar, rebels groups admitted today
    that those who are fighting along Lanyi and Mundri, county against the government are his groups.
    Which meaning Riek Machar has already violated the permanent ceasefire.

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  • 2 February 09:08, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government would have to fight with this terror person till to defeat.

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  • 2 February 09:45, by Uncle J

    When at war means you can use whatever weapons to defeat enemy, Kim Jong Un of North Korea ordered his military men to gun shoot down his own uncle using anti-aircraft missile because his uncle was about to topple him. Government is sick of western backing the rebels of Riek Machar through peace compromises now the government has nothing left to offer but resort to full war

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    • 2 February 10:11, by Eyez

      Aunty Jane or J

      Don’t you have a heart or are you retarded, how can u condone the use of chemical weapons on civilians. why not just declare full on war with the IO or is it that you dirty Jienge have conspired to cleanse Equatorians like you did with Nuer and others. Don’t hide behind peace and keep killing women and kids, you people will pay one day!
      X

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      • 2 February 11:08, by Uncle J

        Mr Eyezcream,

        Equatorians are being fooled by IO to collaborate with them, who says joint the uprising when you people were like sleeping dogs all the way back dating from 21 years of war against Arab. Anyway read this article again and you will see the figures 40 rebels have gone blind-those are not civilians, do not use civilians for cover up

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        • 2 February 14:20, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

          @Mr. Eyezcream,
          Thank you for your comment. those guys from western Equartoria are fully crazy. why are they fighting again and the war is over it is time for peace NOT WAR. they are thoughtless. they are every where in some parts of the South Sudan whereby Dinka is and no one used to kill them. we will start killing them now. they are good for nothing. war is over tell them to stop killing.

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        • 2 February 14:26, by Makuen Ci Nhomwan

          @ Karlo 1
          Those are their women and children let them kill them. why their women did not not tell them to stop killing innocent civiliian. you are joking. let them experience bliness. stupids blinds. who told them to join absentminded arrowboys in the region.

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      • 2 February 13:03, by Force 1

        Eyez;

        Those who ambushed soldiers in Yambio and Maridi streets are not women and children. Just because you’re a in a civilians uniform armed with ak47 and ambushed government wouldn’t make you civilians, you can be targeted just like a rebel soldier. Didn’t I tell you that liberation isn’t something easy; it cost lives?

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  • 2 February 12:57, by Kalo

    May be they used weapon call American Dog,Kalim alamrici, just like Chemicals ,SAF used in Sk,BN and Darfur but we knew how to deal with it,the only solution,let us stop this fighting which has no any meaning.
    Son of Nuba

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