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Dozen killed as S. Sudan rival forces clash in Unity state


September 18, 2017 (BENTIU) – At least 19 people were killed in recent clashes between South Sudan rebels and government troops in Nhialdiu, an area southwest of the former Unity state capital, Bentiu.

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South Sudan’s army soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach, Unity state April 24, 2012. (Reuters Photo)

The deputy rebel spokesperson, Paul Gabriel Lam said fighting broke out in the wee hours of Monday morning when the rebels penetrated the town and briefly dislodged pro-government forces.

“The fight lasted for only one hour and at about 0600 hrs, the gallant SPLA-IO [armed opposition] forces took full control of Nhialdhiu; defeating the enemy forces and scattering them in disarray leaving behind 19 dead bodies and several others injured, including their area commander Gen. Tito Biel, who had earlier defected to Taban Deng Gai,” said Lam in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

“We lost a freedom fighter and four sustained minor injuries,” he added.

During the clashes, rebel forces reportedly captured 36 AK-47s, 6 machine guns, four RPGs [Rocket Propeller Guns], propellers and grenades, claims Sudan Tribune could not independently verify.

However, Dickson Gatluak, a spokesperson of the armed opposition faction in the Juba government confirmed the incident, but said government forces and its allied troops would recapture Nhialdiu.

“This is no longer legitimate to take the lives of those who are not carrying arms. The Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in-Opposition, combined with the army infantry from the 4th division are pursuing the fleeing elements towards the direction of Rupnyagai,” he said.

He accused the rebels of allegedly targeting civilian properties, citing food, cattle, among others items.

According to Gatluak, the armed opposition forces carried out the attack with the aim of disrupting a community-led dialogue, which had attracted participants from Budang, Pawel as well as Nhialdiu.

After gaining independence from Sudan in 2011, South Sudan descended into war in December 2013, pitting President Salva Kiir’s troops against those of former Vice President Riek Machar. However, a peace agreement was signed in August 2015 and Machar returned to share power with Kiir, before the deal fell apart less than three months later as Machar fled the capital, Juba.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and more than 2 million displaced since the conflict began.


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  • 19 September 09:21, by lou nuer

    That peace you’re implementing and you ND will never produce any fruitful will never take you anyway. just eat your bloodshed of your brothers and sisters being killed by Dinka and your own contribution you will pay the price of losing innocent life. You will never regain control of Nhialdiu. Why re you running away if you want to defend. failled regime

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    • 19 September 11:48, by jubaone

      Lou Nuer,
      The trick of the jienge regime is to outsource this war and let Nuer kill themselves while they dash their kids to Uganda, Kenya or Australia. Even in Equatoria, the jienges are letting the former Arrow Boys do the dirty job while jienges cowardly wait and watch from a distance as the nyors under Malong are losing interest.

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      • 19 September 13:29, by South South


        What I know so far in South Sudan is that Dinka, then follow by Nuer are the only brave tribes in South Sudan. I have not seen any other tribe in South Sudan with any courage to confront enemy. We remember those days in Juba when Arabic raped Bari men and called them all names, no single one from Bari stood up and confront Fake Arabs. Fake Arabs even went so far with insult names.

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        • 19 September 13:53, by jubaone

          South South,
          How do you explain the fact that most jienges fled as Lost Boys and hid themselves in Kakuma, Kampala, Nairobi and Khartoum? How do you explain that 20-40% of all jienges especially in Aweil, Rumbek, Renk, Abiennhom, Abyei were bastardized by jellaba or have jellaba blood? How to do you explain that jienges behave like jellaba? Hopeless MTN

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          • 19 September 14:11, by South South


            The coward tribe in South Sudan is a tribe where their men were raped in the middle of the day, but no reaction from that community. Fake Arabs named some areas in Juba and the names are still there today, like Rujalmapi (No men), Atalabara (get out), Lubasmapi (no underwear). Very, very weak community.

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            • 19 September 16:36, by jubaone

              South South,
              Rujal mafi was called bcoz all able men had joined Anyanya 1 while you jienges were running naked after cows. Atlabara was called bcoz jellaba soldiers decided to scare women to come out of their houses thinking they were hiding Anyanya soldiers. Lubas Mafi? Maybe some Jienges were roaming around naked looking for food and jobs for carrying water.

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              • 19 September 17:41, by South South


                Lubasmafi, I think Fake Arab pulled down Bari underwears to do action jobs with them. Fake Arabs even went further down to say this" Kill Dinka and f-ck Nyamnyam, ( Aktol Danka Wu nick Nyamnyam). Fake Arabs know that Dinkas are real fighters, unlike Bari men who allowed themselves to be used by Fake Arabs.

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                • 20 September 14:55, by jubaone

                  South South,
                  If that were true, then the jellaba must have a good taste for Bari men. Imagine screwing a monstrous jienge man! Grrh, nasty! that filth, dirt and jienge ass smell! the jellaba would better screw a tailess monkey or just cutoff his gentalia.

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        • 19 September 15:40, by Landlord

          To the best of my knowledge, south Sudan emerged as a result of referendum through ballot papers. no single tribe could claim it. correct me here, if I’m wrong.

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          • 19 September 15:46, by Landlord

            Being brave or strong fighter without developing your own land is just useless. Tel me, what do you gain by being brave or fighter who do not have a house in your home town?
            people should really feel shame of wordings.

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  • 19 September 15:26, by Sunday Junup

    I know only Awielian Dinka are brave, look what happen in Bor during 2014 war, they run to Nimule and hired UPDF to fight for them. Look what happen after Anyor deserted their post, always Nhialdiu is capture, Guit is capture and many more

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