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SPLM-IO accuses SPLA of attacking its forces in Unity region


May 15, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese army (SPLA) has been accused of allegedly violating the permanent ceasefire by attacking opposition forces in the oil rich Unity region.

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

Military spokesperson of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army in Opposition (SPLA-IO), Colonel William Gatjiath Deng, on Sunday issued a statement condemning the attacks which allegedly started on Sunday morning.

“The SPLA/Juba faction attacked our cantonment sites at Matjang and Tuarkiel in Unity state today at 7:00AM,” said Colonel Deng in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

“The attack takes place in Southern part of Rubkona County but SPLA-IO forces fight back and repulsed back the attackers at 1:00PM this afternoon,” he said.

The fighting which took place in the morning, he added, lasted for 6 hours after which the government forces retreated to Bentiu and Wangkei Payam in Mayom county.

SPLA-IO mighty forces captured 2 PKM and 27 AK-47 machine guns from the government forces, it said.

“This is an indication that the SPLA in government is not serious to implement the security arrangement,” he said.

Furthermore, he added that the SPLA in government is also preparing for full scale of war against the forces in Eastern Equatoria state.

Also four SPLA-IO officers were arrested in Kapoeta and kept under their detention in Eastern town of Torit.

The statement calls on the international community to put pressure on government to release them.


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  • 16 May 2016 06:38, by Joseph Canada

    Salva Kiir and those Uneducated Jieng general would rather see war than peace. Rule of the GOU should be strictly followed. The sanction should be slapped on the wrongdoing party. They try to derail the nation thats suffering more back.

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  • 16 May 2016 07:23, by doot

    Present-day South Sudan is a perfect environment for Criminals.I give credit to the journalist who report the criminal activities of those criminals.Those criminals donot know the value of peace and the concept of human-society.people feel sorry for south sudan for G.

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  • 16 May 2016 09:44, by Kerem

    This issue of two armies will never make this peace deal a realistic one that could be enjoyed by the citizens. Let the two armies be merged together and put under one command. The government made a mistake to agree on the two armies as if Riek was fighting for division of the country and not a position

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  • 16 May 2016 16:19, by Hardlinner

    what are those soldiers fighting for?. Riek and Kiir are already on the same plate, therefore i do not see logic from any of the two sides. use common sense.

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