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S. Sudan rebels say government troops targeting civilians


Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)
July 30, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebels under the leadership of the country’s former First Vice President, Riek Machar have accused government forces of allegedly targeting civilians in rebel-held areas in violation of a unilateral ceasefire President Salva Kiir declared in May.

In a statement, the rebel spokesperson Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng accused President Kiir of blindfolding the international community by declaring a unilateral ceasefire in public and allegedly ordered military assaults on rebels.

“For the last one month or so, after blindfolding the African Union, United Nations, the Troika and indeed the international community with the so called unilateral cease-fire, General Salva Kiir Mayardit and the Jieng Council of Elders (JCE) regime in Juba have been extremely busy struggling and directing the offensives against civilian targets and SPLM-SPLA (IO) positions across South Sudan, including in and around Maiwut,” partly reads the statement issued on Sunday.

South Sudanese government officials were not readily available to comment.

He said the Juba-backed troops killed at least 30 civilians, injured many people, and burned down 130 huts and makeshift houses.

The rebel official’s claims could, however, not be independently verified.

Brig. Deng, in the statement, downplayed the significance of the recent defection of Lt. General John Kenyi Loburon, saying the latter had no impact on the gallant rebel forces in Central Equatoria state.

The official equally downplayed the recent defection from the armed opposition faction of General Khor Chuol Giet, Thok Chuol Luak, Thok Chuol Liey, and Stephen Pal Kun Kek to the Juba regime.

He said the groups, calling themselves the Jikany Nuer community, were simply self-seekers and “propaganda arm of the Juba regime”.

The Jikany Nuer community in South Sudan and Ethiopia congratulated the four senior rebel officers who joined the peace forces loyal to South Sudan’s First Vice-President, Taban Deng Gai in Pagak at South Sudan’s border with Ethiopia.

The move, the community said in a statement, saved many peoples’ lives.

Meanwhile, the community leadership in Ethiopia has called upon all the Jikany in the armed opposition movement to join the peace forces in line with the decisions taken by the four officers.

Their decision, they said, is in line with the position of IGAD [Inter-Governmental Authority on Development] that calls for all armed groups in South Sudan to lay down their weapons and join the implementation of the 2015 peace deal signed in Addis Ababa.

South Sudan’s civil war broke out in mid-December 2013 after President Kiir accused his former deputy Machar of plotting a coup, which the latter vehemently denied.

However, a peace deal signed in August 2015 led to the formation of a coalition government but was again devastated by fresh violence that broke out in July last year.


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  • 31 July 08:42, by South South

    Everything looks bad for Reik’s IO. All these defections in Upper Nile and Equatoria mean Reik’s IO is dying. We all know from the beginning that Reik Machar cannot and will not lead any successful rebellion. In 1991 he ran to Khartoum then came back to SPLA with his feet on shoulders. This time cancer will take care of him in South Africa. jubaone and Eastern, what say you two babies?

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    • 31 July 08:57, by South South

      jubaone and Eastern,

      NAS and Reik’s IO are fighting in Equatoria. What was announced yesterday as 20000 soldiers defected to NAS turned out to be 30 soldiers only. Read link from Reuters below: http://news.trust.org/item/20170730142554-lxzen/

      You two losers one day, you will come back to South Sudan with your tails tucked between your legs.

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      • 31 July 18:59, by Eastern

        South South,

        I am here in Juba, South Sudan and I know the goings on on the ground. Thomas Cirilo has supprted SPLA-IO in Equatoria even before Dr. macgar returned to Juba. The fight against Kiir is on....

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        • 31 July 19:47, by South South

          you are lying and you are a big coward. Tell me why these rebels are cutting down each other, that’s the point. Don’t you have shame man!!! Things are very hot these days and to choose to lie will do you no good.

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          • 31 July 20:54, by Eastern

            South South,

            Tkae notice that the fight against dinkocracy is not akin to the Maji Maji rebellion, if you have ever read any African history.....The rebellion in Equatoria morphing from one being waged by SPLA-IO to NAS or indeed any other outfit should beyour only course for concern not any fictitious infightings....

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  • 31 July 08:59, by Kush Natives

    Oh God, that’s why I love Nuer people, they get crazy with something that they have no clue of, die for and later regrets stupidly. Now all of them are blindly running back to Juba like bats. That’s so amazing. Who won now government vs Nuer? I always warned Nuer tribe In order not to place themselves into a melting pot. By the let’s all receive them in good faith, no matter what.

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    • 31 July 15:30, by Redeemer

      Riek always wait for the dark days. He will will join Taban too I think leaving he supporters with broken heart as he did in 2002 when he came back to Dr. Garang saying, I was wrong

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  • 1 August 02:07, by Meme Ja Thin

    Keep yourselves happy by listening to negative news that saying Mr. X and Mr. Y are defected to failed government of Salva Kiir.

    Who doesn’t know that Dictator Salva Kiir government has failed to be joined instead to be abandoned by people who are still in it.

    For your information, no defection here in Pagak instead we are busy hunting down Nuer wew soldier and Kiir’s militiamen soldiers.

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  • 1 August 02:14, by Meme Ja Thin


    Tell Taban about that. I like the way label Nuer whose interests are like that. But it is good Taban is longer with us. Dinka will use him for now and kill him later.

    But I want you to know that the man who is always betray Nuer is not Nuer as you know.

    Let the war continues for another four years and yell will tells who is the winner.

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