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South Sudan rivals claim to control strategic border towns

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June 13, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudanese rival forces have issued statements in which they both claimed control of strategic border towns after clashes over its control in different places last weekend.

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SPLA soldiers are seen at the airport in Bor January 19, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeaunu)

Spokesperson of the government forces denied on Tuesday reports claiming there were clashes in which the rebel factions have gained control of strategic towns along the northern border areas with the Sudan.

" I am aware of these reports. I know that our forces are in control of the positions in which they were before a declaration of the ceasefire by the president. They have never left and nobody has taken over these positions. They are still occupying them as I am speaking to you. All those reports in the media, especially in the social media are unfounded propaganda", said Colonel Santo Domic Chol on Tuesday

The military spokesman for the government was responding to statements by two rebel factions operating under different commands on Monday claiming to have gained control of key border towns in areas of their operations.

If such developments are confirmed, observers say it could result in large-scale military activities in a country hit by famine and economic hardships, despite repeated declaration of a unilateral ceasefire.

Brig. Gen William Gatjiath Deng, the Military Spokesman of the SPLA-IO faction allied to the former First Vice President Riek Machar, claimed in a statement on Monday that their forces have captured Kuek town, located in the border area in northern Upper Nile near the Sudanese border after fighting on Sunday.

Deng claimed that clashes erupted after the government troops attacked their positions near Kuek area, forcing them to respond in self-defense in which they seized military equipment from the government forces.

Meanwhile, Brigadier General Deng Mareng, spokesman for an armed group under the command of Agany Ayii Akol whose forces coordinate military efforts with the faction of Peter Gadet, claimed their forces captured a military post under Warguet community in Aweil East state after clashing with the government forces. The group operate in an area near the Sudanese border.

Mareng claimed their forces also inflicted heavy losses on the government forces and seized military equipment during the fighting.

He further said one soldier was killed and two others were wounded from their side during clashes which erupted on Sunday and resumed on Monday.

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  • 14 June 02:21, by john akeen

    No worries we all know this propaganda that is being circulated by rebels in the social media and with the sudan tribune dope news,this rebels they just want to lie to their supporters that they still excess. it is not overconsumption

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    • 14 June 04:38, by South South

      Lie and lies of desperate rebels. In Upper Nile most Riek’s supporters have joined Taban Deng including Riek’s body guards. The only small group left there is Chollo group, but again, SPLA did hit them very badly and took Kadok, their headquarters, they are on run. Nothing is going on in Aweil at all, I was there yesterday. People are busy farming

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    • 14 June 07:52, by Wise Fox

      @ John Akeen,
      I did told you last week that I’m not very far from Maluth and Renk, please don’t be surprised or don’t bother Agwelek special force, we are just carrying out our duty to flashed out Jieng mad dogs from our Kingdom.

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  • 14 June 06:31, by Garang Akeen Tong

    John Akeen & South south

    Its true that, S.SUDAN rebels with help from SAF and had came, with 24 tanks & more then 4o landcrusier mounted with 12.7 machine, and they manage to capture kuek for 2 hour before mighty SPLA DISLOGED THEM in kuek,
    And in Warguet, nothing like that, I am in wunyiik lion div.3 hqr

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    • 14 June 17:04, by jubaone

      Garang,
      I think you saw an old footage or video of JEM and SPLA-N.

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  • 14 June 07:11, by Sunday Junup

    Garanf Akeen,
    Last time you said there were no fighting anywhere but now you admit 2hrs fighting and SPLA captured Kuek. Can you please tell Domic? he is behind the news. Current situation now, Gabat is vacated by Kiir Militia, civilian vacate Wadakona and Abukhadhera (7km)from Renk is under shelling. Please call if you have some one in Renk. SPLA-IO captured all those equipment from Kiir Militia

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    • 14 June 07:36, by South South

      Sunday Junup,

      Stop spreading news which have no single source. Even Radiotamzuj is reporting what rebels told them. Show us pictures of IO forces in these places you mentioned. Desperate rebels will continue to release bogus news.

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      • 14 June 09:24, by Mr Point

        South South

        You are so desperate to believe any news that you like. You can’t find support for the news that you want to see.

        Reality is a problem for you?

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    • 14 June 18:42, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Sunday junup

      I.O alone haven,t capacity to confront mighty SPLA worrior but those are SAF, from sudan. Stop your nonse.

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  • 14 June 09:29, by Kush Natives

    Rebels MUST admitted that their dream of toppling the government is out of range. Lying on capturing non existent towns is completely delusional and is totally no longer a threat to the government. If I happen to call one of the rebels now in Kuek town, I don’t think non of will identify where about the place called Kuek. The rebels supporters MUST immediately cease and desist from supporting IO.

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    • 14 June 13:59, by jubaone

      Bush Natives,
      Ist´your right to keep supporting the rotten jienge republic and its our right to support any forces that intend to dismantle it. For now I´m happy that there´s no peace and in the "liberated areas" no idle and squatting jienges who used to be everywhere like in Kajokeji, Torit, Yei and Kaya. All have fled. Thats good. As long as the kiirminal is there, war will continue. period

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      • 14 June 18:19, by South South

        Coward, when you ran away from home, who will be able to chase away Dinak as you are claiming? We are here in your village, but you are 20000 mile away from your home.

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  • 14 June 09:42, by Kush Natives

    Con>> Those of Jubaone, Eastern, Midiit, Sunday Junup and a like desparatees. This particular country called South Sudan was not just found in 2017. This country disabled people for just to alleviate the suffering of the an innocent populations from an Arab world. Because South Sudan looks as a threat to whoever called himself/herself non African.Therefore, this identified war will definitely halt

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    • 15 June 20:10, by Newsudan

      Riek rebels are trained,armed and coordinate attacks from Khartoum, who does not know this

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