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South Sudan rival forces resume fighting in Upper Nile region


January 27, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese rival forces have resumed fighting in the oil producing Upper Nile region, sparking fear it could lead to major hostilities in the region which experienced a pause in military activities since the beginning of the year.

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Rebel fighters walk in front of a bushfire in a rebel-controlled territory in Upper Nile State, South Sudan February 13, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

It remains unclear who initiated the fight which has been ongoing over the past three days. Government forces have denied having moved from their positions for any military activities, though armed opposition fighters claimed they came under attack from them.

Col. William Gatjiath Deng, military spokesperson of the SPLA-IO, claimed Friday their forces in the area came under attack by the government forces, in Owach, an area located west bank of the Nile, encouraging them to fight back.

The spokesperson for military of armed opposition claimed the clashes between the two sides erupted in Lelo, Warjuok and Detang areas on Friday and were still continuing.

“The fighting started since morning in Lelo and Warjuok and the fighting is still ongoing in Warjuok, Lelo and Detang, the fighting is continuing up to now,” said the rebel official.

The areas where the fighting broke, he said, are controlled by the government, whose forces moved out from their positions and shelled the armed opposition fighters in their areas.

On his part, the deputy government forces spokesperson denied any knowledge of the alleged fighting in the area between government forces and opposition fighters. Col. Santo Dominic Chol said he has no such information from the SPLA commanding officers in the area where fighting is reported.

However, civilians its protected civilian camp in Malakal claimed to have heard sounds of gunfire coming from the direction of Detang and Lelo but did not have any details.


From New York UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric, confirmed the rebel statements about the fighting between the two sides.

"Our colleagues from the UN Peacekeeping Mission in South Sudan report that intermittent shelling could be heard this afternoon in Malakal in Upper Nile from the Ditang area towards the north of the town, close to the UN base," said Dujarric.

This follows reports of heavy fighting on Wednesday between the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) and opposition forces in Ditang, Lelo, Artakong and Burkiny.
Yesterday, the UN Mission reported that Malakal town was deserted, with SPLA soldiers in the area reportedly on high alert, he added.

UNMISS, according to Dujarric, reiterated its call on all parties to immediately cease hostilities and fully implement the peace agreement.



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  • 28 January 2017 00:39, by Kush Natives

    Olony and Tanginya remainant are trying hard to shift their reckless useless and senseless violence against the government. Why don’t they just made clearly that their vision of looting civilians become a reality. The government have to get up deadly and bombs those thugs.

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    • 28 January 2017 08:17, by Mayom County Troops

      To; Kush Natives.
      don,t you know that those who are still fighting are under command of Dr Riek Machar Teny rebellion

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      • 28 January 2017 08:39, by Kush Natives

        Mayon County Troops,
        Where’s Dr. Riek Machar? What we all know so motivate those thugs is just looting civilians properties. They never and will never come out with strategies of governance.

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    • 28 January 2017 08:57, by koang mi kei

      Hello Kush we did not know that you are fool even children in South Sudan they what Dinka fighting for, do not forget what make cheapest in South Sudan is greedy and your are food lover who do not have sidemirror when it come to food and leadership. You know this be for you right Nuer nobody now your colors but now even our brothers Eqoutoria they have you , why do your decaying thing

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      • 28 January 2017 10:18, by Kush Natives

        Mr. Koang,Why are you so outranged? I didn’t mentioned any tribes name here on my comments, I guess I am confused here! Mine was just a simple question from the rebels supporters, including me. But, you seemed freakin out with an empty brain. I don’t like the way Salva Kiir running the country as well as Riek fighting the war, they’re both committing crime. But, all Nyagaatiin think uselessly.

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      • 28 January 2017 11:00, by john akeen

        If you don’t love food you’re a fool or idiot, why because God gave it to human being to eat it, that’s why you must love food never say you don’t love what God has given you

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    • 28 January 2017 13:51, by jubaone

      Kush Natives,
      Instead of shouting like some lunatic in a cattle market, just park ur things and go to the frontlines. Then you don’t have to sneak behind the useless govt.and talk of bombing campaign. One thing is clear, you jienges must fight for your survival cos they’re is no moving around anymore.

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    • 28 January 2017 23:31, by Nuer is the Same Like Isreal People to God.

      Hi young Brother the SPLM/A IO is fighting with their right and they will defeat the Government like what the God said I will stand with the right person like SPLM/A IO God will stand with them forever because it’s Government who used to Attacked SPLM/A (IO).

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      • 29 January 2017 13:51, by Padiet Deng Alony

        You guys were boosting of ngundeng prophesies, now they are useless and cry to God sound good that you repent and turn back to God

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    • 29 January 2017 09:33, by Nationalist

      SPLM/SPLA have destroyed South Sudanese unity, love, tolerance, togetherness, nationalism. SPLM/SPLA is a curse

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  • 28 January 2017 00:47, by john akeen

    Q is why spla-Io always claiming that government forces attacked them aren’t they suppose to be military too? If yes why they never attack government Or because they are toys soldiers?

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    • 28 January 2017 04:02, by Kush Natives

      John A keen,
      Yes, they’re toys soldiers. Otherwise, they shouldn’t be crying out loud always on government.

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    • 28 January 2017 14:56, by freak king

      do you run out of your mind (mess up )
      or did your mother born you as a toy child? try to understand what you wanna Post.

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  • 28 January 2017 04:28, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    UN and other international body should take responsibility of south Sudan, because the two parties are SPLM/A-IG &SPLM/A-IO are not care the stability of South Sudan both should be charge of failed over the country.

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    • 28 January 2017 05:05, by Paul Ongee

      As I have said before that the National Dialogue has to be backed up militarily in case those robbers attempt to disrupt the ongoing effort to forgive each other, reconcile and restore peace in the country. IO-Riek robbers listen through the barrel of a gun only. We need to let them realize one day that they were wasting their time fighting a senseless war of position for Riek. Period.

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    • 28 January 2017 05:06, by Paul Ongee

      As I have said before that the National Dialogue has to be backed up militarily in case those robbers attempt to disrupt the ongoing effort to forgive each other, reconcile and restore peace in the country. IO-Riek robbers listen through the barrel of a gun only. We need to let them realize one day that they were wasting their time fighting a senseless war of position for Riek. Period.

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      • 28 January 2017 05:12, by Paul Ongee

        Did Riek win any war before? No. Does he remember how he lost the war and fled to Khartoum in the 1990s, signed his bogus agreement of KPA-1997 failed to wait for its implementation or make coup against Omer Al- Bashir in Khartoum, but decided to slip out from Khartoum and returned safely to SPLM/A for forgiveness and reinstatement into position which he’s obsessed with?

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      • 28 January 2017 11:20, by Mopedi


        You people have spoiled the country you do not know what to do except killing your own fellow citizen,to fix the problem of SS is simple but the government’s idea always contradict its own policy. this is Juba’s dialogue not national dialogue, you made it clear that it should be enforced by barrel of guns as what is seen happening in Kajo-Keji and part of the country.why calling it national

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        • 28 January 2017 11:30, by Mopedi


          I believed Kiir by this time have some lawyers wrongly advising him to act this way but SS is not comparable with any of the African country in all aspect of governance-no road, no school no factory of all kinds, there is intellectual migration, pressing boarders problems-huge debts with profit return to our side, where are we going?
          the ammunition you talked of being borrowed when shal

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          • 28 January 2017 11:37, by Mopedi

            If you think Dr Riek is the problem why is the SPLA soldiers killing cripple and mentally ill persons? are they connected to Riek.
            The initiative of national dialogue is good if the strategy is good i first wrote about it before it was launched but the worried is who is to lead the process? will the whole processes be owned by common men and women without intimidation from the current regime?will

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            • 28 January 2017 11:45, by Mopedi

              Kiir accept the outcome of the dialogue? the answer for all these questions is no because Kiir is submissive to his own acts with evidences from various reports on happening regarding mismanagement of public resources, corruptions, tribalism and intimidation of civil population by his forces and national security for which they are mandated to protect the sovereignty and it citizen from any form

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              • 28 January 2017 11:51, by Mopedi

                of aggression be internal or external.

                Here my argument is that whether with Dr. Riek or without him the revolution has started for good although you people claimed to have won the war which i see from the it that you all lack political master within your government to simply fix the problem of south for peace to prevail, your government has turn it political career to political beggar of which

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                • 28 January 2017 11:55, by Mopedi

                  the result is destroy resources to maneuver natural resources this is what Russia, China and Obama’s Administration foreign policies all about.

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                  • 28 January 2017 12:01, by Mopedi


                    Finally, read and internalize well your government has turn South Sudan into a political Institution where every Political science students come and do politico-science career making it advantageous and save environment for superpower nations to use as field for their market practices.

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          • 28 January 2017 12:03, by Mopedi

            I meant no profit return to our side except destruction and loss of our own life

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    • 28 January 2017 05:51, by barbayo

      Ayuiu Makuac Lam
      which country ruled by UN now? think properly , those Olong and Raik Machar are criminals

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      • 28 January 2017 06:29, by Eastern


        Join your friend "Paul Ongee’ to whip people to join the "national dialogue’, for people like me who consider Kiir’s initiative nonstarter, you can use your military might against them.....

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    • 28 January 2017 06:27, by Eastern

      Thanks Ayuiu,

      I like your tones lately; you are seeing light at the end of the tunnel....

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    • 28 January 2017 10:52, by john akeen

      Go and take responsibility of yourself first or your children and your wife then come and talk about UN should take responsibility of SSudanese Mathers land, we love SS because God gave it to us to leave in it and we are not going to give it to UN because of Reik machar or Salva kiir, SS is not for this two people, SS it’s our land

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  • 28 January 2017 06:18, by Dak tak

    The failed leadership is only for war, the agreement has collapsed since July, and had never been resuscitated since. The drama of Taban and Kiir is only misleading and will never stop the ongoing conflict,neither will the Kiir_Kiir dialogue does. There will never be peace as long as JCE led government believe in the policy of isolating IO led by Dr Riek Machar. The reality on ground will be diffe

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  • 28 January 2017 08:27, by Awet Awet

    juba should stopp killing innocent civials and juba should stop grabing collo land otherwise kiir must go

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  • 28 January 2017 09:36, by Awet Awet

    Juba regime have bomb innocent civials they brought gunship from Egytian ,noted that g,vt is running up and down using public funds to Poor counties like Egypt,Uganda and kenya ,why not they look for peac instant to running to any husband to fuck by any county so they get amunition ,shame on juba regime

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    • 28 January 2017 10:34, by john akeen

      Shame on you for not understanding, not on juba

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  • 28 January 2017 14:40, by freak king

    fighting wouldn’t stop unless Mr ,bald make an apologize to the really fighters.
    if not nothing will stop it.
    fighting gonna recurring until the end of Time.

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  • 28 January 2017 16:10, by place of justice fangak

    the spla io is already repel the force who attack him yesterday is good sources to you guy

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  • 28 January 2017 17:50, by victory john

    the bloodshit shuold never end in our cuontry unles the peace agreement can hold between two parties with out agreement there cuold be no stable life in suoth sudan,make sure that our president need history bacgruond that is why done so many mistake in his regim.do you thing that our president is one who bruoght aself-determination in south sudan? why you are talking for not thing? pease takecare

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  • 30 January 2017 08:19, by Awet Awet

    kirr is must go ,we capture most of Dinka alive in

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