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South Sudan army, rebels clash in Upper Nile state: official


January 26, 2017 (JUBA) – A South Sudanese army (SPLA) official claimed on Thursday that its forces clashed with the armed opposition forces (SPLM-IO) loyal to the country’s former First Vice President, Riek Machar.

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A member of South Sudanese rebel patrols the streets of Malakal, on March 4, 2014 (Photo AFP/Andrei Pungovschi)

The acting SPLA spokesman, Santo Domic Chol claimed the two rival forces clashed near Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital.

Chol told the Associated Press that government forces were attacked Wednesday by militias under Johnson Olony’s command.

He neither gave details on the exact location where the clashes occurred nor unveil information on any casualties from the incident.

Olony could not, however, be reached for a comment.

Local officials told Sudan Tribune they heard sounds of gunfire from the direction of Lul area, which is located north of Malakal town.

Residents did not know the source of the gunfire or those involved.

"We heard sounds of guns in the morning at around 11:30 am. It was not heavy change of gunfire. We heard twice and it stopped. We don’t know who was involved or what caused the shooting. We don’t know whether it is a clash between the government and rebel forces or it was just normal shooting by some government soldiers or police personnel," a state lawmaker said.

The U.N. mission in South Sudan, which runs a base in the area, is yet to confirm the incident. Some of its staff, however, say the area has been relatively calm since the beginning of the year.

South Sudan has experience violence since December 2013 when political disagreements between President Salva Kiir and Machar saw the nation split along ethnic lines. Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in South Sudan’s worst ever outbreak of violence since independence from neighbouring Sudan.


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  • 26 January 2017 17:08, by Paul Ongee

    We should not never forget to form (Rapid Response Forces (RRFs) to confront any emergency security situation across the country. The IO-Riek is against the National Dialogue because it believes that continuation with war is the best option although no any progress on the front lines. IO-Riek relies entirely on propaganda and support of Highway and Roads robbers across the country.

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    • 26 January 2017 17:15, by Paul Ongee

      This is not supposed to be news because the headline says SS army and the rebels although there is no any comment from the rebel. A state lawmaker says they heard gunshot for a few minutes because it did not last and up to now nobody knows who was shooting the guns and between who. Then, how can it become a news? Is ST assigned to monitor security situation or gunshots in any part of RSS?

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      • 26 January 2017 18:18, by Bilpam- 2

        Never cry yet Mr.Paul.A tough lesson is soon to be taught more than that of 2014,mark my word.

        Dr.Riek Machar did not leave Juba in order to wage war against the dictatorship regime alone,but forced to do by the rogue regime which does not need democratic exercise to be conducted in the country.These are the consequences!

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        • 26 January 2017 18:25, by Paul Ongee

          I am not crying and will never cry since I know who is who. You are wasting your time over and over. Believe me or not. Let’s see who is gonna win this senseless war. Do Highway and Roads robbers win senseless war? Answer me, please?

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      • 26 January 2017 19:35, by koang mi kei

        Paul am sorry to say this I did not know even some one can read and write can even talk of this cheap dialogue did you verify who do you selected for this whatever you so call dialogue? I think you people who big body with small mind think you can change the victory and the story never ever you may just hear only dialogue of gun not human being things are changing soon mark me right.

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    • 26 January 2017 22:28, by Naath

      Paul Ongee,

      Your Dinka tribal chief has called for the dialogue, yet still sending troops to burn Lou Nuer areas and Shilluk Kingdom territories. Do Dinka areally know the meaning of dialogu? Any enjoy your leadership time and we will endure our hardship with patient and wisdom.

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      • 27 January 2017 06:41, by PEACE FOR ALL

        Naath, biting the drum of war con not leads us anywhere. let us call for peace to prevail so that each and every citizen can benefit from it. calling for war will finish us but one we will come to peace. peace peace peace peace for all

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        • 27 January 2017 07:13, by Bilpam- 2

          Mr.Peace for all,which peace are you talking about?It is not our first time to talk about peace.Peace was in place last year before July,but what had happened in July,infact was the complete destruction of the signed peace agreement between the two rival parties.

          Time for peace in our country has gone missing for good.Let’s see what the war should produce to South Sudanese people.

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        • 27 January 2017 19:06, by equatoriaWIN

          PEACE FOR SOME,

          do jienge even want to peace and heal? no

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        • 27 January 2017 20:59, by Eastern

          You are an idiot,

          You can’t call for peace, you show peace to your enemies not friends. Kiir should reign in the wayward Gordon Buay; he’s not fit for an ambassadorial role in any country. Posting Gordon Buay to the US has been a disaster! He succeeded in deceiving Obama and Kerry about the situation in South Sudan. Fire still rages on even after Tabsn Gai and Ezekiel Lol got what they wanted!!!!

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    • 27 January 2017 18:33, by equatoriaWIN

      JCE Puppet,

      Why don’t you ask Salva himself, hm? You are all same lies. Leave real reporting to Equatoria.

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  • 26 January 2017 19:02, by Bilpam- 2

    Yes,we will see who is going to win the war very soon.And make sure that you have nothing you should feel proud of since the onset this crisis.If it is in term of strength ,your side is proxy one compared to ours.So,yours is an assumption to win this war.

    I’m not wasting my time to debate with you in this matter.This dictatorship government will one day come to an end whether you like it or n

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    • 27 January 2017 10:31, by Kush Natives

      If you still remembered well on how many times we talked about peace, then how many times have talked about war? Don’t let yourself being entertained by the keyboard on your small tiny computer! We’re far behind the scene, if some of you still didn’t realize that war isn’t bearing any fruits.

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  • 27 January 2017 18:35, by liel muodong

    leave alone the yesterday fight. The rogue regime attacked the People’s movement at the dawn today in werjuok and lelo.

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