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Government forces and SPLM-IO clash in Upper Nile State


January 30, 2017 (JUBA) - The SPLM-IO Monday said its fighters have successfully repulsed an attack by the government forces on their bases in and around Kuek, Upper Nile State.

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Rebel fighters hold their weapons in the air as they walk in front of a bushfire in rebel-controlled territory in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 13 February 2014 (Photo: Reuters)

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune the rebel spokesperson William Gatjiath Deng claimed that the government forces, backed by " Sudanese rebels of the Justice and Equality Mvement (JEM) and SPLM-North" came from Gabat, Khor and Mustagbal areas.

He added they pushed the assailants back towards their bases in Khor and Gabat "where the Juba regime soldiers are now being surrounded and confined without access to any further support or/and reinforcement by land."

Deng went further to say they inflected heavy human and material losses on the SPLA soldiers.

"The gallant SPLA-IO forces captured three (3) Tanks, one (1) T-72, one (1) T-55, one (1) Wolit and a good number of guns in good condition," he said.

The SPLA-IO fighters say they intend to stop oil production in the oil producing Upper Nile state which is located in the remote north of the country near the Sudanese border.

The SPLM-IO used to accuse the Sudanese rebel groups of fighting them alongside the government troops.

However, recently Sudan and South Sudan said they agreed on the implementation of the security arrangements agreement of September 2012 which provides to establish a buffer zone and to deploy joint border monitoring teams.

Also, South Sudanese say the Sudanese rebel have moved out of the South Sudanese territory in line with Addis Ababa peace agreement.

In a related development, UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) expressed concern about the fighting in and around Malakal between the government and SPLM-IO forces.

The peacekeeping mission reports that on Sunday "the situation in the town remained tense. It continues to patrol regularly in Malakal, which is apparently largely deserted," said UN spokesperson Stéphane Durriac Monday.


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  • 31 January 2017 00:03, by barbayo

    tell the trust , IO now are surrendering themselves

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    • 31 January 2017 02:02, by Joyuma John

      Fools are killing their life for an objective that they shall not achieve , if you can cheat the world can you also cheat yourself, please to find an authenticity of this information try to ask an Io trustful person in malakal he will tell you deference thing all together, these are guerrilla propaganda to win war at their side.

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      • 31 January 2017 06:24, by Bilpam- 2

        Mr.Joyum John,we are going to achieve the goal whether you like it or not.

        As long as you fail to hire the Ugandan troops who delayed the war between us,there is no chance for the rogue regime to resist us again.Ayieeth!


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    • 31 January 2017 11:31, by jubaone

      So Kiir and Malong are still using JEM, SPLA-N and other darfuri hirelings, criminals and mercenaries to fight against the IO? I thought Kuol Manyang said, they all had left SS. That is very interesting. Now Bashir has every reason to invade SS cos of such blatant lies. Good luck.

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  • 31 January 2017 02:53, by Dak tak

    Congratulations to IO for the job well done, South Sudan belong to all of us and not to one tribe. There will always be war if the current tribal president didn’t change his dictatorial tendency and killing of civilians as to maintain the status quo. The ARCSS has collapsed since July and what remains is just a charade by the fortune seekers and pretenders.

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    • 31 January 2017 06:27, by Akuma

      Dak Tak,

      Nothing to celebrate on that fall victory as stated above but SPLM-IO soon surrendering them to the government. Wait a minute, IO forces control no areas in Upper Nile even an inch of an area. Gov’t forces have successfully flash out IO forces and no Sudanese rebels present in South Sudan as claims by IO forces Spokesperson

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      • 31 January 2017 06:56, by koang mi kei

        Viva will teach them lesson they will never forget kiir regime forgotten that we stop the war to give peace a chance now IGAID,AU,plus East Africa region the deal is over let see who is gonna Pull one another

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  • 31 January 2017 06:53, by Dak tak

    The call for surrendering of rebel is a wishful thinking. Museveni was saying five days and Malong promised 30 days for them to finish the rebellion, those rhetoric only fuel the war and only continue the suffering of civilians.for us to save the nation from splitting the agreement has to be resuscitated and not keep on habit of lying and dreaming.no one will won militarily on either side.

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  • 31 January 2017 07:09, by Awet Awet

    kiir gevornment being supported by sudanses rebel is true because io capture 4 sudanses rebels alive during fighting in malakal and they had been handover to sudanese athurioty in khartoum

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  • 31 January 2017 07:29, by Lou Nuer The Great

    hey illiterate dictators this fact must not be denied.
    1,the present of sudanese rebells spla/n,jem and spla ig
    2,capture of gabat,mustagabat and etc

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  • 31 January 2017 08:29, by Dak tak

    I don’t know whether you the current JCE led Akuma but it sounds from your write. The spokesperson is lying there, the other day that spokesperson denied the war in areas around Malakal, but the UN a neutral body confirmed the fighting. So whatever comes out from this spokesman is only for himself no one will take him seriously.

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  • 31 January 2017 14:59, by Kalo

    Jubaone,your IO spokesman William was lair, nightmare dreaming ,what will take SPLM-N and JEM there,if they were defeated by Government,they should avoid lairs.
    Son of Nuba

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