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S. Sudan rebels say repulsed government troops in Bieh state

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Sudan People's Liberation Army soldiers walk along a road near Bor, on January 31, 2014 (AFP Photo)
October 8, 2017 (JUBA) - South Sudan rebels claimed their forces repulsed attempts by government forces to retake the main airstrip in Waat, Bieh state using helicopter gunships and ground troops on Sunday.

In a statement extended to Sudan Tribune, the rebels’ official spokesperson, Gen. William Gatjiath Deng claimed Ugandan-owned gunships backed by the South Sudanese army (SPLA) troops tried to recapture territories in Waat over the weekend.

“At around 10:00 am Saturday morning of October 07, 2017, Ugandan helicopter gunships and warplanes indiscriminately bombed SPLA (IO) positions and civilian targets in and around Waat, 90 % of which SPLM-SPLA (IO) now control,” reads the statement.

Gatjiath accused South Sudan government troops of bombarding the armed opposition faction’s positions, barely three-days after chiefs of defence forces of Uganda and South Sudan held meetings.

The Ugandan-owned gunship, according to the rebel official, mainly targeted Waat airstrip, which he said remains under rebels’ control.

Government soldiers wounded from the attack, he said, have no access to food, water and medical services after the armed opposition force sealed all supply routes for delivery of such services.

Fighting between government forces and the rebels in Waat town has left dozens of fighter dead from both sides, eyewitnesses said.

Many civilians are feared to have died in the area following the recent clashes between the warring parties, aid workers disclosed.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Thursday expressed concern about the fate of people wounded in the fighting around Waat, in South Sudan’s Bieh state, and requested all sides to allow the wounded access to health care.

ICRC, in a statement, reminded all sides involved in the South Sudanese conflict to respect and protect those not taking part in the fighting, including wounded combatants.

“The ICRC has been able to evacuate several wounded combatants so far and we stand ready to do it again. We are discussing with all sides to the conflict to ensure that the wounded have access to the medical assistance they are entitled to,” ICRC’s head of delegation in South Sudan, Francois Stamm said.

Fresh clashes erupted early this week between government forces and rebels loyal to the country’s former deputy president Riek Machar known as SPLA-IO, which left over 90 killed and dozens injured, according to the SPLA.

The SPLA spokesman, Lul Ruai Koang blamed the opposition fighters for obstructing evacuation efforts by the ICRC on Wednesday, alleging that rebel fighters fired shells at the airstrip as the ICRC team tried to evacuate their wounded soldiers.

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  • 9 October 09:17, by DO IT

    They have to involve someone coz those Cowardice can not faces Almighty IO on their owns. For how long actually Uganda gvtz will be babysitting Them?

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    • 9 October 09:27, by Midit Mitot

      Aheeeee freedom fighters, just one kick, they will be out of their hiding trenches at Waat.

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  • 9 October 09:38, by Wutkhor

    Idiots Lul Ruai we will win this Dinka’s insects impose war but you stomach feeders Nuerwew foods lovers will never be allowed to live in SS, I swore all Nuerwew foods fighters will badly regret their evils did to innocents pples.. Their nyor insects n Nuerwew foods fighters were given taught lessons n they will be given more lesson.

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    • 9 October 09:49, by Newsudan

      Wutkhor
      ya militia, it’s too early to celebrate the outcome of battle for Waat, Riek Io lack tanks and vehicles, only Riek witchcraft of tying red ribbons on their foreheads and crude Ak 47

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      • 9 October 12:39, by jubaone

        Newsudan,
        America had all the arsenal she needed to fight Vietcongs, but in the end, America was humiliated by poorly armed Vietcongs who showed real determination. FYI: It is only Nuers who can dare fierce battles, that is for sure. "Jienges dont fight, they take flights". Fortunately, Nuers have good arms supply and so put a good fight. Had Equaorians just 1/3 of that, wow!

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        • 9 October 13:02, by Newsudan

          Jubaone
          That was different case,Also Riek never trained his fighters, they are only given Ak 47 and red ribbons on their foreheads ( Riek witchcraft) and rush to frontline .

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          • 9 October 18:53, by jubaone

            Newsudan,
            Let´s be honest and accept Nuers are good fighters. Recently, the Kiirminal was asked whether fugitive Malong was a threat, he scornfully answered, if Malong were a Nuer captain, he would have worries. Suggesting that even a jienge General is just as worthless as an iliterate nyor/gelweng/dutku beny. That simple. No any single jienge posesa threat to Kiirminal: Equatorians or Nuers

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      • 9 October 12:46, by Wutkhor

        Newsudan
        You re just an insects idiots u is also delusionally traumatizes permanently, I am not fighting for RMT but Dinka’s animalism, I as individual I hate RMT more than u hate him coz he is just letting us to fights ur Dinka’s insects thugs without while not arming us n ur insects Dinka’s thugs have all sorts of modern world weapons n ammunitions including chemicals weapons but we will still

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        • 9 October 12:55, by Newsudan

          El Bashir called SPLM/SPLA "insect" during Heglig,you recite the word of your master El Bashir.

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          • 9 October 13:30, by Wutkhor

            Fuck u insects Dinka’s idiots, what brought HE president Bahsir in this argument while it’s common for me to call Dinka’s as an insects n I really meant it.. Don’t hunt something u can’t kills, we Bahsir would have been Nuer master than we shld won this war in one week periods as u put it very clear in ur previous comment that we don’t have weapons

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            • 9 October 13:33, by Wutkhor

              Con.. Ammunitions n tanks while u guys have all sorts of weapons including chemicals weapons, help of UPDF, Jem n SPLAN n gets u insects haven’t defeat, just keep sacking M7 dicks so he can continue to fights for u insects.

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            • 10 October 13:53, by jubaone

              Commander Wutkhor,

              Jienges dont fight, they take flights. Keep up the flame against these fleas.

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  • 9 October 13:30, by Isaac Deng

    We were been fighting amongst ourselves for four years but no victorious party announced.
    Let unload bullets from our guns and join peace, dialogue as mean of solving problems otherwise war is useless.

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  • 9 October 14:10, by MC GLazz

    You are dying like dog without owner in Waat ,,, because of your stupidity and money hahahahah!!!!! the gallant force of SPLA-IO will not give you chance to evacuate victim/Wounded ,,, time to come, the SPLA-IO will force you to eat their fresh meat as you did 2013 Juba

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    • 9 October 15:49, by Kuch

      MC GLazz,
      And who are dying like dogs in Waat uncle?

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  • 9 October 15:13, by Sunday Junup

    Where are Dinka and Nuer wew? Why should you allow terrorist to bomb our land from Uganda

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  • 9 October 20:50, by William

    Wow, Gen Paul Malong no longer in charge of army, then Kiir went back to Uganda again to pay huge mount of dollars to Uganda army to fight for him. Both govt and rebels are selling out South Sudan resources. Only God can judge.

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  • 10 October 06:48, by Nigany

    Go! go! Borchar and kick their asses out of Lou Nuer mighty land of Waat.

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