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S. Sudan rebels say repulsed government attacks in Payinjiar


May 26, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan’s armed opposition appointed commissioner of Payinjiar County said they repulsed an attack by armed youths from neighbouring Rumbek East on Friday morning.

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Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar gather in a village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 8 February 2014 (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

In a phone interview with Sudan Tribune, Brig. Gen John Tap Puot said the attackers, who emerged from two directions, attacked Pachienjok and Pachak villages located south-east of Ganyliel town.

The attack, he said, is the second in the area following the 19 May incident in which armed youth from Yirol clashes with rebels in the southern part of Ganyliel.

“We have repulsed numerous attacks this month alone with the youths from neighbouring Lakes state, who tried to penetrate into our territory,” he said.

The rebels’ deputy spokesman, Col. Lam Paul separately confirmed the fighting in Payinjiar County on Friday and Thursday morning.

He says several attacks were carried out by pro-government forces in multiple frontlines of Equatoria, Jonglei as well as Unity states.

“At about 0700hrs, government militias once again launched an aggressive attack on SPLA-IO [Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In-Opposition] base in Poki near Kaya border in violation of their declared ceasefire,” Lam told Sudan Tribune.

The official, however, claimed the armed opposition forces repulsed the attackers and pursued them until their current base within Kaya.

According to Lam, at least 19 militias allied to the Juba government, including a base commander only identified as Lt. Marial, his deputy died, with several others injured in both Poki and Payinjiar attack.

Sudan Tribune could not, however, independently verify the rebel official’s claims.

“The SPLA-IO condemns these provocative acts of the government militias which are directed towards tarnishing the image of our forces regionally and internationally. We will always continue to defend ourselves. The struggle continues,” stressed Lam.

Renewed violence in South Sudan has turned the country into the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees, having sought safety in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic, according to recent figures released by the United Nations.

Last week, the U.N refugees and food relief agencies urged donors to step up support for people fleeing crisis-hit South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan reportedly remains 86 percent unfunded.


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  • 28 May 07:41, by Mi diit

    Payinjiar is a red line.
    (Nyuuoong Gueh and Dok Gueh) must unite and deal with Jaang and and their allies.

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    • 28 May 10:41, by South South

      Mi diit,

      Don’t you feel with a little guilt for causing killings in South Sudan for nothing. Please tell me which faction of Nuer you belong too:
      1- Taban Deng Gai- Nuer faction
      2- Riek Machar- Nuer faction
      3- Gabriel Chamson- Nuer faction
      4- Tut- Nuer faction
      5- Peter Gadet- Nuer faction

      If Nuer can not unite, can they really rule South Sudan with 64 tribes? Shame on our cousin Nuer.

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      • 28 May 14:55, by Mi diit

        South South
        Tell me which faction are you:

        1/ Dhiew Mathuok’s faction ( Dhiew who experienced homosexuallity in the 2016 July incident )
        2/ Salva Kiir faction
        3/ Queen Paul Malong faction
        4/ JCE faction

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        • 28 May 16:03, by South South

          Mi diit,

          You are a very hopeless man. Dhieu Mathok has no faction, but one man with in Nuer faction. Paul Malong has no faction. JCE is working with president Kiir hand to hand. By the way, where is your White Army? Iam laughing.

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          • 28 May 16:35, by Sunday Junup

            You forget to ask him about Makuey Lueth Faction too.
            South South,
            If all those faction work under KIIR as you claim then tell me why there still tanks on main road, fear to who? Paul Malong himself said he has half of SPLA soldiers when he arrived from Rumbek. But it is custom to Dinka never accept truth. They rely on lying and hijacking other people ideas

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  • 28 May 11:06, by Kuch

    Mi diit, this is a pure lie. No one has attacked Panyijar ch as p. But hey Mi digit, don’t goad others to fight your aimless wars. Don’t you idiot get it how those areas of Panyijar, Mayendit & Leer are in famine? Everybody in S. Sudan wants peace but you idiots want war.Don’t you idiot read how other people who keep giving us free food are always talking bad>>>

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  • 28 May 11:06, by Kuch

    Mi diit, this is a pure lie. No one has attacked Panyijar ch as p. But hey Mi digit, don’t goad others to fight your aimless wars. Don’t you idiot get it how those areas of Panyijar, Mayendit & Leer are in famine? Everybody in S. Sudan wants peace but you idiots want war.Don’t you idiot read how other people who keep giving us free food are always talking bad>>>

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  • 28 May 21:15, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Mr. Bush commissioner Gen. John Tap Puot

    Tell us, youths from Rumbek are they gov,t soldiers?

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  • 28 May 22:05, by John Majak

    For those who are supportive to government, don’t u know the war of propaganda of riek,s rebel. The reason they release this information is to wrongly aware international community that government itself is not implementing ceasefire. Let them bark but woe to those international bodies who accept that wrong messages

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