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Civilians flees as S. Sudan rival forces clash in Unity state

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July 20, 2017 (BENTIU) – Hundreds of civilians fled Bentiu town, following renewed clashes on Thursday between South Sudan’s rival forces at Panakuach, north of Unity state.

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Aid workers at the protection of civilians’ sites confirmed the attack.

A number of civilians, eyewitnesses told Sudan Tribune, were seen fleeing the town into the United Nations camp in Rubkotna.

“A large number of civilians feared of their safety in Bentiu, as the armed opposition approached 40 kilometers away northwest of Bentiu,” an eyewitness said Thursday.

Some civilians accused government forces blocked them from entering the UN camp, allegations Sudan Tribune could not verify.

However, the rebel spokesperson, Brig Gen. William Gatjiath Deng claimed he was unaware of any fighting between the rival factions.

The official said the rebels would defend their territory, despite the recently declared ceasefire, if the government forces provoke them.

The spokesperson for the armed opposition faction in Juba, Dickson Gatluak told Sudan Tribune that their forces fighting alongside government troops would counter attacks from rebels in Unity State.

“The situation in Bentiu must be monitored with maximum attention. At present time, the SPLA-IO [armed opposition] troops in collaboration with the SPLA [South Sudan army] are monitoring the situation in areas of the oil-rich state, north of the country,” he said.

The situation around Bentiu town has reportedly remained tensed amidst fears of a full-scale war between the two main rival factions.

South Sudan’s conflict started in December 2013 when President Kiir accused Machar of a coup attempt. Since then, tens of thousands of people been killed and over 2 million displaced.

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  • 21 July 10:14, by Resolution

    civilians are already decided to leave the town, they feel its unsafe place anymore for them, of course its their right to look after their safety. they are moving in side PoC site with their beds, mattresses plus other belongings.

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    • 21 July 10:22, by Kush Natives

      Like really? What takes Panakuach to Rukona? I am pisoff here!

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      • 21 July 11:11, by Sunday Junup

        Kuch Native,
        I told South South to forget Pagak last week, today i also told him to forgot Kaka, now you surprise for News of Bentiu. Panakuach is a gone case, SPLA-IO is marching toward Unity then will sleep in KupriNyabol. wait for more news if things went well. Our Country will be free of Kiir Militia soon. William Gatjiath will never update this until Bentiu Town

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    • 21 July 14:16, by Midit Mitot

      Bravo freedom fighters,dislodging all their forces to Bentui town, Traitor/nincompoop Dickson Gatluak will not air-out nonsense again.

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  • 21 July 12:12, by Ranmediit

    IGAD should learn that Taban and his group they are increasing suffering of South Sudanese.

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  • 22 July 10:13, by Dak South

    It’s not true there is no fighting in Panakuach and am currently in Jamjang county in Ruweng state right now so please guys don’t take things in a wrong way and people in Bentiu should be calm because there is no insecurity here in Ruweng state.

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  • 22 July 15:45, by gatkhor Nueri

    Good news to SPLM-IO

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