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President Kiir’s forces accused of violating ceasefire

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July 19, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO) said troops loyal to President Salva Kiir have violated the one-week old cessation of hostilities which the two parties declared on Monday last week.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

“President Salva Kiir’s forces have violated the cessation of hostilities declared on Monday, July 11, 2016,” James Gatdet Dak told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

“They are on offensive against our forces,” he added.

He said their forces have been attacked around Mundri in Western Equatoria state on Tuesday evening, using both ground force and air attack by helicopter gunships.

Forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Kiir, he said, had been airlifting to Mundri for the last two days and started to attack their forces on Tuesday.

He said the fighting took place on Tuesday morning at a place called Bari about 10 km south of Mundri county. He said their forces fought in self-defense and repulsed the attackers.

He said their aim is to hunt for Machar whom President Kiir’s forces suspected to be in the area. Dak however added that their leader was not in the area.

Dak also said SPLA forces have targeted civilians in Lainya county, bombing them with two helicopter gunships.

The two parties clashed last week in Juba but agreed to cease fire. Machar then left the base near Jebel Kujur in the southwest of the capital and demanded for deployment of a third force as a buffer between the two forces.

He said he would return to Juba after a third force is deployed to guarantee his safety, safety of his officials as well as protection in important infrastructures in the town.

(ST)

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  • 20 July 2016 07:00, by Joseph Canada

    Why is Kiir thirsty for a war? what is wrong with these people?

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    • 20 July 2016 08:47, by choldit

      That is what these creatures call Dinka JCE blood thrist and thier tribal leader kiir all amounted to and knows. This is another prove why we SS needs foreign forces under Salva Kir and JCE . Salva words aren’t worthless. He made ceasefire while making attacks on Dr Machar.

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    • 20 July 2016 08:48, by Malakal county Simon

      It’s either unwanted Kiir lost control of his forces or he is against the peace!!!!

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      • 20 July 2016 09:02, by choldit

        Kiir is all these happening. Kirr have no peace in mind nor JCE and Malong Awan. The best solution to all these shld be to militarise Dr Machar and Salva Kiir versions of Spla and then let them fight to toe becoz Kiir is a baby who doesn’t value his words, he is really a punishment to South Sudan!!!

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    • 20 July 2016 13:02, by Akuma

      President Kiir is a liberator which can not be compare with criminal call Riek Machar. You better stand with President Kiir for your goodiness

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      • 20 July 2016 14:13, by jubaone

        Akuma,

        When did you last visit your liberated luak in Bahr el ghasal? Was there food, good schools and hospitals? Did you sleep naked on a bed or on some dried cow hide/skin? Please use your precious time in the diaspora to learn something for your later life in your luak than day-dreaming cos Kiir has his nyanjienges to feed and not you.

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  • 20 July 2016 15:29, by Hardlinner

    Gatdet Dak is known liar. he is responsible for the event that took place in juba. he lied to his primitive guards that riek was going to be arrest which led to senseless fight between government soldiers and IO soldiers. Gatdet is not professional in his fact finding.

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