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Heavy fighting erupts in South Sudan’s Fangak state: sources

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November 21, 2017 (JUBA) - Heavy fighting erupted in Fanjak, one of South Sudan’s newly-created states when pro-government troops launched offensives against rebels, eyewitnesses said.

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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 press secretary of the rebel-appointed governor of Phow state, Khan Rom claimed pro-government troops attacked their positions, violating the recently declared unilateral ceasefire.

The rebel official further said attempts by pro-government forces to capture Wau county, a rebel-controlled territory failed.

“The negative forces were then instantly repulsed badly and destroyed by Division 7 forces in Wau where the enemy incurred heavy loses,” he told Sudan Tribune Tuesday.

A source in Fangak state also confirmed the fighting in Ayod county between government and opposition forces, during which dozens of those wounded were rushed to Akobo area for treatment.

However, the spokesperson for the South Sudanese army, Lul Ruai Koang, denied reports that fighting took place, insisting Wau area in Fangak is under their control.

A legislator representing Ayod area at the national legislative assembly in Juba confirmed that there had been fighting in the area for the past days between government and opposition forces.

He claimed area officials are divided on the manner in which opposition forces allied to the Juba government under First Vice President, Taban Deng Gai and elements within government troops were frustrating efforts to reach community members outside the government control areas to participate in the national dialogue process.

"We have been telling Taban and his group that what they are doing was helpful. It is frustrating community initiatives and efforts to reach those outside the government controlled areas to participate in the national dialogue,” the lawmaker, who preferred anonymity, told Sudan Tribune.

He further added, “Now those who were sent by the community to deliver peace messages have been cut to the other side by this renewed military activities and we do not know what happened to them now. We have lost communication with them".

South Sudan gained independence in 2011, but descended into a civil war in 2013, resulting in the displacement of over 2 million people from their homes while tens of thousands have been killed.

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  • 21 November 23:03, by lino

    Again?! The only Civil War left in Africa!!! Stop War before Peace Re-negotiations.So many players have entered the scene since Dr. Machar was chased out of Juba!!! Juba Regime make it difficult for themselves, and now Taban is this thinking either going to the bush or sub-ordinates to Gen. Kiir. Obama’s Administration made Wrong Foreign Policy Calculations towards SS by isolating one person!!!

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    • 22 November 00:53, by The Rhino

      Lino,
      Washington D.C is now watching South Sudan like a "Zoo"whereby you have two wild animals,each loaded with extreme hatred to demolish the other.Yes,Jienges aka Dinkas and Nuers have thrown South Sudan back into stone age era in which savagery and brute force is believed to be the way forward instead of brain and intellect to solve differences.Its a clear understanding that POWER is enticing..

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      • 22 November 01:06, by The Rhino

        ..and a sweet thing if well managed but a curse if handed to people like these two groups.Now,the arabs in the North are having big feast and saying yes, see-we told you!..these primates aren’t capable to manage themselves..its true.The world is believing it now.Thats why I reiterate,Equatorians must distance themselves from these people and take their destiny to their own hands.

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        • 22 November 04:50, by Kuch

          The Rhino,
          passing the blaming bucks onto others without even acknowledging that you are also part of the problem isn’t helpful. By the way, how long have you fellows been informed that SUDAN TRIBUNE & RADIO TAMAZUJ are foreign online tabloids with a sinister motive to destroy South Sudan & the South Sudanese people at all costs. There is no fighting in Fanjak & not Fangak as it is always called>>

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          • 22 November 04:58, by Kuch

            Yes some our Nuers are fighting to enthrone their Ngundeng Buong re-incarcerate---their Riek Machar into power. But what about some central Equatorians, fertits & Shilluks are fighting for? Some Central Equatorians were rightly informed not to join the Riek Machar & his Nuers aimless armed rebellion when the rebellion was only confined to greater Upper Nile. But some central Equatorians because>>>

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            • 22 November 05:04, by Kuch

              some central Equatorians hooligans refused to heed the warning before hand and joined their Riek Machar aimless armed rebellion anyway in July last year. And of course these same central Equatorians don’t want to accept their own responsibility just like some of our Nuers----it is always the Dinkas/Jenges fault. The same Dinkas/Jenges have been calling everybody that the way out this mess>>>

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              • 22 November 05:11, by Kuch

                is national dialogue to iron out the contentious issues & to amend the interim constitution to a workable constitution that will reflect the genuine aspirations of all South Sudanese. But some of you Riek Machar & Thomas Cirilo internet warriors. Don’t want the national dialogue & want war. And when the war that you fellows so crave is taken head on. Then you accused the government that>>>

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                • 22 November 05:24, by Kuch

                  the government or the JCEs are only interested in war & not dialogue. Really, you can’t have it both ways fellows. People like Riek Machar, Thomas Cirillo, Pagan Amuom, Costi Manibe, Rebecca Nyandeng & others that some of you fellows are rooting to re-enthrone them into power in our country are just the same thieves that were parts of the current idiots>>>

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        • 22 November 07:01, by jubaone

          Rhino,
          You hit the point. Jienges and Nuers have, are and will be fighting each other for ever. Equatorians should just reconsider their positions and go for NAS or any other Equatorian-based organization. Equatorians have absolutely no problems if both of them kill themselves in their areas. What we dont wnat is, they running to us for refuge and food.

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          • 22 November 15:38, by The Rhino

            The CIA and US Department of State can restructure fragile policies of South Sudan by considering following sugestions..
            1).President Museveni of Uganda has to retire every military support to Mr.Kiir.
            2).The CIA should start training Equatorians and grant them access to weaponry.More than 99.9% of all Equatorians are ready to step up.
            3).After the training is accomplished,USA should establish a..

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            • 22 November 15:48, by The Rhino

              ..US Military Base within Equatoria to rivet the national security of both parties.The military facility is a corner stone to oversee and monitor future domestic and international,economic or military threats.The congruent Equator line and zones slightly above and beneath it are also key factors for future scientific researches.So infect,USA can globally place itself in a favorable position if...

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              • 22 November 15:51, by The Rhino

                ..the investment is well coordinated.Time to act is now,it can be a win win situation.

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                • 22 November 17:26, by Khent

                  The Rhino

                  And what do you promise to trade for US support in return? The United States does not have the most confidence boosting history with 3rd world Nations. Just ask the DRC and Haiti and an almost endless list of countries in Latin America, Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.

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                  • 22 November 17:29, by Khent

                    It has never been a win-win situation when it concerns the United States and its relations to subordinated Nation-States - satraps. You are terribly naive and will not be permitted to engage in what would amount to treason.

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                    • 22 November 19:38, by The Rhino

                      Khent,

                      its fair play to say the least,even in your practical life-its give and take.The countries that you mentioned above hooked up their necks with ideology contrary to that of North America..before WWI,WWII and during the Cold War.Fair enough,America pursued an aggressive approach towards its enemies under the line.."a friend of my enemy is my enemy" and didn’t relent to squash down anyone..

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                      • 22 November 19:49, by The Rhino

                        ..in its way,being it in Africa,Latin America etc...a librarian like yourself should know that.Those leaders made wrong decisions at a wrong time and didn’t see the worse coming.Again,there are countries whose leaders made the right decisions enjoying mutual bond with USA till this very day despite huge religious or cultural disparities.I only caution desperate African leaders these days who....

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                        • 22 November 19:57, by The Rhino

                          ...easily gallop to China for help without even thinking twice about China’s massive thirst for resources and that China’s demands can easily ruin the African continent within short period of time.Those are the real economic "Nyors".

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  • 22 November 03:21, by DO IT

    Thats what happens when imposing something on population. This Dinka imposing national dialogue will cost more than a actual causing war in this country.

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  • 22 November 03:32, by DO IT

    Lul Ruach Koang, should also be removed from that position as an army spokesman, this little idiot guy is worse than Salva Kiir and Malong Awan were, dying over 103 S. Sudanes deaths in Ayod fighting are not only crime but disgraces to those soliders families.

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    • 22 November 03:42, by DO IT

      The Rhino,
      The fighting b/t Nuer and Dinka are what benefits you the rests in this country. If they are united now, you and the the rests should be no longer writing those craps about them. Because they can find you where you may be hiding and bring you to capital for trials.

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  • 22 November 03:54, by Mayendit

    Do it or leave it I don’t care your hiding name. I got to tell you my friend; you must understand that, there will be no government without Dinka in charge put that in mind. Second, forget about Dr. Riek Machar Teny, he has lost political career and will never get what he is looking for because of violence. 3.surrender and let us rebuilding nation

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    • 22 November 06:23, by jubaone

      Mayendit,
      Jienge leadership is like an untrained idiot placed in a cockpit and is supposed to fly a passenger plane. He keeps touching different buttons in a hope the engine starts. No. Jienges are best as gun carriers and leadership is about intelligence and skills which they don’t have. See the country has remained like a luak for 12 yrs now.

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      • 22 November 09:20, by wacjak

        Jubaone! The Jieeng intelligence that you now underrate is what gave you the country you called South Sudan. Jieng Luak is above any other structure for living ever made in Africa. Just do your research and you shall find that no community has a more decent hut like Jieeng Luak. Your filthy huts made out of leaves can’t be compared with this great building. Thomas & idiots will come back shameful

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        • 22 November 10:10, by Khent

          Wacjack

          What are you smoking? The Dinka are not intelligent people, so stop with your delusions. There’s essentially nothing wrong with having a sense of pride, but it’s a problem if it prevents you from seeing reality.

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        • 22 November 11:03, by jubaone

          Wacjak aka Wasak,
          What does it matter, if you have a country and still live an undignified life like a slave? The SS to you is like that golden calf from which you acquiesce and loot monies under the pretext of development. You desperately needed SS as a vehicle to satisfy your greed for money and food. You have mortgaged SS for few silver coins.

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