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S. Sudanese army denies losing heavy weapons to rebel forces

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Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)

June 11, 2017 (JUBA) – South Sudan army (SPLA) on Sunday dismissed as unfounded reports alleging the military lost heavy weapons during recent clashes with the armed opposition forces in Upper Nile state.

The army spokesperson, Col. Santo Domic Chol said their forces have never confronted rebels ever since the president declared a unilateral ceasefire.

"All those reports in the social media are unfounded and baseless. The public should not rely on them. They are just part of propaganda by anti-peace elements. Our forces have not lost any weapons anywhere, let alone reports talking about losing tanks and other weapons,” Chol told the state-owned SSBC in a Sunday interview.

“It is not true and the public is advised not to rely on them [social media reports]", he added.

The military spokesman further stressed that the SPLA remains fully committed to respecting orders made by President Salva Kiir, but will only respond to aggression from rebels in self-defense.

Chol’s response came in the wake of the armed opposition faction’s claims that their fighters clashed with pro-government forces in the Upper Nile region and this reportedly resulted in their forces taking over a town, which was previously held by pro-government forces.

The rebels claimed they captured three tanks, two land cruisers mounted with 12.7 mm AA machine guns, 24 Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG-7) launchers, 30 PKM and over 300 AK-47 rifles in good condition.

Sudan Tribune could not, however, independently verify claims from rebels.

The rebels appealed to the international community to resuscitate the 2015 peace deal and free their leader from “unnecessary” confinement and detention in South Africa.

South Sudan has witnessed renewed clashes between forces loyal to South Sudan President Kiir and the armed opposition faction backing the country’s former First Vice-President, Riek Machar in spite of the August 2015 peace deal.

The young nation has become the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis with more than 1.8 million refugees, including one million children, having sought safety in Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic.

Last month, two United Nations agencies appealed to donors to step up support for people fleeing South Sudan as the $1.4 billion response plan remains 86% unfunded.

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  • 11 June 23:33, by Kush Natives

    Rebels MUST shut up from their daily basis of lying! Lying to the whole world will not favored them anything. Dyinghard is the only thing that I am seeing here. There’s war can be won without an ideology. Fighting regional and tribal war is a fake desperate war. Therefore, we in the government encouraging rebels to abide by law and principal of peaceful coexistence between civil populations.

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    • 12 June 18:56, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      If you can’t stop the opposition forces, then go to the frontlines and stop them. Otherwise shut up you’re ugly jienge mouth and be quiet.

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  • 12 June 04:28, by john akeen

    The best stupid propaganda by rebels in the media, please don’t lie because lying will never take you anywhere. I think you rebels just trying to get our government & the peoples of SS to pay attention to you because now you see yourself that no one is paying attention to you right now, anyways since 2013 you have never captured anything from our strong and the best army in africa, you fool>>

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    • 12 June 05:12, by john akeen

      goaway with your dube news, you have masted up your state with your unwisely brain then went after good peoples equatorians the people that who loves everybody

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    • 12 June 08:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      People of South Sudan will get tied of daily denying the fact.

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  • 12 June 07:29, by Garang Akeen Tong

    S.sudanse we should stop, killing ourselves and persueing peace to prevail in our country.

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  • 12 June 07:30, by Sunday Junup

    The army spokesperson, Col. Santo Domic Chol. So Lul Ruach was just there to occupy seat right? Anyway let them lie.
    Whi ever denying Kiir Militia losing heavy weapons should come down to Kuek Northern Fashoda state and find out what happen to Guelwang. It is not new for Kiir Militia to lose heavy weapons since 2013 SPLA-IO has no supporter but got their logistic from well runners Kiir Militia

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    • 12 June 08:46, by Malakal county Simon

      The army spokesperson, Col. Santo Domic Chol said their forces have never confronted rebels ever since the president declared a unilateral ceasefire.

      Lol, there is no smoke without a fire!!!!!!

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