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Clashes around strategic Yei town between South Sudanese rival forces: Spokesperson


August 9, 2016 (JUBA) – South Sudanese rival forces have clashed around a strategic town, Yei, which is about 160 km south of the national capital, Juba, and towards the Ugandan border.

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A batch of the SPLA-IO forces after arrival in Juba, 1 April, 2016 (ST Photo)

This is after the opposition forces of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) under the leadership of the former first vice president, Riek Machar, captured Lasu county, southwest of Yei.

Officials of the opposition faction confirmed that fighting erupted around Yei town, the capital of the newly formed Yei River State, when their forces came under attack from forces loyal to President Salva Kiir.

“Our forces of the SPLA (IO) came under attack today, Tuesday, when forces loyal to President Salva Kiir moved out of Yei town and attacked them. They were attacked in their defensive position some kilometers away north of Yei town,” confirmed James Gatdet Dak, spokesperson for Machar, leader of the country’s main opposition faction.

“However, our forces fought back in self-defence and chased the attacking forces back into the town. They did not follow them to capture the town,” he confirmed to Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Dak also revealed that their forces on Monday captured a strategic county of Lasu, which is south of Yei town, towards Kaya at the border with Uganda.

He also said another force from Juba was defeated on Tuesday between Juba and Lainya county when it attempted to attack the SPLA-IO forces on Juba-Yei road, which he claimed to have been closed by the opposition forces.

He further claimed that like Juba, Yei has also been besieged by the opposition forces.

The opposition leader’s spokesman also said fighting was going on around Renk, in the furthest north of the country, near Sudan’s border. Also there has been fighting in Nasir and Maban areas in Upper Nile state, he added.

There are also reports of fighting around Raga in Western Bahr el Ghazal state, west of the country.

Fighting erupted in Juba on 8 July between bodyguards of the two rival leaders, Kiir and Machar, and spread throughout the town, forcing Machar and his small number of troops to leave Juba and relocate into the bushes around the capital.

Opposition officials accused President Kiir’s forces of starting the fighting at the palace in an attempt to kill their leader, an accusation which President Kiir’s officials have denied.

President Kiir went ahead by replacing Machar, saying he had stopped communicating with him and called on him to return to the capital. Machar said he would only return to Juba once a third party force is deployed to separate the rival forces and guarantee his safety.

He also said his replacement was “illegal” and a violation of the Article 6.5 of the Agreement on the Resolutions of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCISS).

The East African regional bloc, IGAD, in their communiqué released on Friday called on Machar to return to Juba and assume his position as first vice president, calling on the newly appointed replacement, Taban Deng Gai, to step aside.

Meanwhile as fighting continues around Juba, the two sides have called for reinforcements from different locations and fighting has been intensifying in the bushes around the capital and in other areas in the country.

United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is expected to discuss and pass a resolution on Friday for deployment of a third party force in Juba to take charge of its security, including protecting the leadership, civilians and key government installations.


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  • 10 August 03:10, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

    What a confused rebel! Last time he caused the greatest defeat to his rebel soldiers in J1 as a result of his triggered war. Dr Riek survived not b’se of his manhood but due to his being the FVP. Now, Gatdet is making another war that’ll take lives of innocent pple. Take care, u’ll soon hear a bad news if u don’t cease inculcating war in phone calls & social media.

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    • 10 August 03:29, by Shadrack Nuer Machut

      IOs were transported to Juba by air per compromised peace, remember this very good. U were nowhere except in Pagak. Ur believe in military power won’t allow ur boss a freedom in Juba this time round. We’ll witness it 2nd time whether 3rd force is really Riek Machar’s safety or insecurity. I support de move so that we prove the idea wrong & regret it together without blame on the TGoNU. Thxs 2 SPLA

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      • 10 August 11:27, by Thokidine

        @Shadrack,it is not a surprise to us for u guys to talk like the way that please u as u are just comforting urselves or else someone wiser wld not lie about the current situation and military defeat the govt is incurring. Juba supposed to be demilitarized as per peace, it wasn’t and look at the fighting the national army (IO) have shown, fighting unknown number of tanks, artillery and soldiers..

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        • 10 August 11:41, by Thokidine

          ...for 3 consecutive days and look at the damage they have made to Govt. yet someone have the gut to talk nonsense. am not blaming u for u satisfied with something u see with ur eyes. Let the IO take over Juba and u will all stop barking.

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  • 10 August 04:19, by Force 1

    The government forces need to make sure that all those rival forces get taken down as quickly as possible before the so call protection forces come in. This is where by the protection forces will come and see that there is nothing to protect because everything is calm and no more snake raising its head and making troubles!

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    • 10 August 04:37, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g


      It looks like your plan will not materialize. Evil forces have never beaten the forces of justice, freedom and independence. Can you do that in Raja, Juba, Yei, Torit? Soon the war will be taken to your door step in either Bor, Aweil or Gogrial. Just keep watching the drama unfolding.

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      • 10 August 16:11, by Hardlinner

        jur, stop living in world of fiction. this isn’t the first time Riek war has ensued. remember not a single major town was in hands of your riek rebels till peace was signed. talking about reaching aweil is not attainable. u will fight to your last man but would not reach the aweil. if millions of well armed Messiah couldn’t defeat malual/aweil how would mouth piece riek rebels do it?.

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    • 10 August 09:47, by Eastern

      Force 1,

      I wish the any armed rival forces can be "taken down" that easily. Rag tag David Yau Yau’s forces gave Kiir a lot of headache for some time. Dr Machar’s SPLA-IO bled the economy of South Sudan when Kiir had to empty Bank of South Sudan to purchase arms to kill Machar. SPLA-IO was in Pagak but is apparently emerging all over the country. Swallow the bitter pills!!!!

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      • 10 August 16:31, by Hardlinner

        eastern stop ur weak examples. u know well yau yau rebellion wasn’t going anywhere or winning any towm. kiir gave him amnesty for the sake of peace not that he was anything. also it is not the first time Riek rebelled n come back empty handed. he shamelessly came back to Garang in 2002 n again in 2015. he and his Idiots nuer militias will never win any war. smart Nuer hv already abandoned him

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        • 10 August 18:26, by Eastern


          What do you mean by "weak" examples? Dinkas were the slaves in Sudan voluntarily or coerced. What I have spelled out is clear to all sandries!!!

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      • 10 August 18:16, by Force 1


        The only people I blame for being fooled twice are the Nuer; you remember in 2013 you fooled Riek Machar and his illiterate army that you were with them to fight the government? But after the hell broke loose; what did you do? You hide yourselves and leave Nuer to be slaughtered and now you did it again for the Nuer to die in 2016. How sad!

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        • 10 August 18:23, by Eastern

          Force 1,

          You must be naive, the war is not over; SPLA-IO was in the far flanged "Pagak". Now the same forces are in Equatoria; they have overrun Lasu in Yei River County, fighting in Western Bahr el Ghazal, etc. You and Kiir need to be worried!!!

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    • 10 August 20:58, by jubaone

      Force 1,

      Your words are louder than action. Try to verify this from some other independent media e.g. southsudanliberty.com sources that describe how the Jienge SPLA are getting real shit in all fronts. If you feel like you could come down to the Juba -Yei front and see for yourself.

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  • 10 August 09:49, by Eastern

    If Kiir chooses to dilly dally with the implementations of the latest formula for the deployment of a third deterrent force, his actions this time round would cause him his "presidential seat" at J1. I have made many predictions which have come to pass! Watch this space.

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    • 10 August 16:21, by Hardlinner

      eastern is fighting unwinnable war. remember entire dinka communies have not yet join the war but only few dinka soldiers have already defeated riek rebels in all corners of south sudan. remember riek path is unattainable. take case of malong alone, do you think riek can sustain his rebellion if he were in kiir seat?. absolutely no. ascending to presidency through rebellion is disastrous.

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      • 10 August 17:39, by Eastern

        Entire Dinka communities from agwok, luanjang, rek, etc are already all over Equatoria (without any material support though). What "entire" Dinka communities are you talking about. Wau, Aweil and Kuacjok are already starving; what more suffering do you want to befall Ruweng, Abyei, Turalei, Tonj and other Dinka heartlands? Yei, full of dinkas from Bor, Twic East, etc is already besieged

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  • 10 August 17:41, by Eastern

    Eastern will continue hammering sense into your thick skulls - tell Kiir, he can’t append his abnoxious signature on what he can’t leave up to!!

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  • 10 August 21:18, by Eastern

    The finks government in Jubs has "rejected" the IGAD/AU initiative of deploying a third/intervention/protection force; the Dinka have set a stage for "Somslia-like/Libya-like situation. Watch the space!!

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