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S. Sudan government accuses rebels of attacking Pagak


May 5, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan government on Saturday accused the armed opposition (SPLM-IO) forces allied to the country’s former first vice president, Riek Machar of attacking Pagak in violation of the cessation of hostilities agreement.

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South Sudanese rebel troops loyal to former vice-president Riek Machar stand on guard in Unity state capital Bentiu on 12 January 2014 after recapturing the strategic town from government troops (Photo: Reuters)

“Machar’s SPLA-IO attacked our position in Pagak through Jekow river and Pagak bridge,” said Col. Dickson Gatluak, a spokesperson for the SPLM-IO faction loyal to first Vice President, Taban Deng Gai.

He added, “Our forces had to strike back heavily in order to end the assaults and repulsed them [rebels] back to where they came from and we rejuvenated back to our barracks at 6:00AM this morning,”.

The Governor of Maiwut state, Bol Ruach Rom confirmed the attack, but details of the casualties involved could not easily be established.

“As the top leadership [of] SPLM [Sudan People’s Liberation Movement] in Juba is working for the lasting solution, rebels need to refrain from any harmful act, which will hinder the achievement of everlasting peace in South Sudan,” further said Gatluak.

Last week, the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) and the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) condemned the increase of violence in the country in violation of the ceasefire agreement signed in December 2017.

The two bodies said fighting had intensified in Unity, Jonglei and Central Equatoria pointing to the devastating impact on thousands of civilians and humanitarian agencies.

JMEC requested the ceasefire monitoring body (CTSAMM) to investigate the attack and hold accountable the perpetrators, citing the need to respect the ceasefire deal.


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  • 5 May 2018 11:20, by jubaone

    Nuers butchering themselves while cowardly Jienges keep a distance and enjoy the showdown. Nyagateen fighting for Jienges even as thousands were killed like swine in 2013. Now nyagats like Col. Dickson Gatluak calling his fellow kun "rebels". In the end, there’s no difference between a jienge and nyagateen. Just the same shitholes. Equatexit is the only solution. Leave them alone.

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    • 5 May 2018 12:06, by Malakal county Simon

      The SPLA-IO under Judis Taban Deng, has officially joined Kiir SPLM faction.. I hope Sudan Tribune this news last few days agoo

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      • 5 May 2018 12:12, by Malakal county Simon


        SPLM-IO under Judis Taban Deng, has officially joined Kiir SPLM faction. The only SPLM-IO we have now is the SPLM-IO under Dr Machar. I hope Sudan Tribune understand this news last few days ago.

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    • 6 May 2018 11:42, by Khent


      "Cowardly"? All of you (including the Nuer) returned in 2006 after decades of serving Khartoum while the Dinka suffered immensely fighting against Khartoum, so your accusation is laughable. It was Dinka troops (primarily Bahr El Ghazal) that retook Greater Upper Nile. The Nuer were only really useful in Unity State and they were still dwarfed by Bahr El Ghazal’s Division 4..

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      • 6 May 2018 11:50, by Khent

        ..The Dinka militia of Upper Nile State are the reason the oilfields have not fallen into rebel hands. This is the only Dinka section in Greater Upper Nile that provided thousands od militiamen. Aweil and Gogrial are the only Dinka sections in Greater Bahr el Ghazal that truly joined this effort. You don’t know what you’re wishing for. Be careful.

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  • 5 May 2018 15:24, by lou nuer

    Congratulations my dear cdrs for your hard work by eliminating parasites from host communities of greater Gaajaak.No matter who attacked who? What matter most is that Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot son of bitch you were loyal to movement before and now you become blind for what we were fighting for. DINKA since 2014 when we NUER still together have you step in PAGAK?

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  • 5 May 2018 15:30, by lou nuer

    Congratulations my dear cdrs for your hard work by eliminating parasites from host communities of greater Gaajaak.No matter who attacked who? What matter most is that Dickson Gatluak Jock Nyuot son of bitch you were loyal to movement before and now you become blind for what we were fighting for. DINKA since 2014 when we NUER still together have you step in PAGAK?

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  • 5 May 2018 20:47, by Nairobimitot

    Riek Machar will be in Juba in 40 days, by force. We do not know what the rebels are fighting for. next year we will get rid of insurgents across South Sudan. South Sudan is not a land for rebellion. It is only the land for development with the guidance star. So, if you are a rebel and you do not want peace, we will get rid of you. South Sudan is for all the South Sudanese regardless of their ethnicity.

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  • 5 May 2018 21:09, by Redeemer

    Lou Nuer
    Think about how your claim of being best warriors has been disapproved, you failed even to capture the only two Dinka counties in former Unity state ( Abiem-nom and Parieng)just the door of your house, time to short up, you will go and come there is nothing new about Nuer going because we know they be back with their tails between the legs not up

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    • 5 May 2018 21:20, by Redeemer

      When they came back in 2015 with their tails up, nyornyor said no and they were sent back to the bush, they should come back like the way they came in 2002(nyornyor be ngom liel Nuer)this time you have known how hot it is

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  • 6 May 2018 06:24, by Trouble

    Those accusing Nuers butchering themselves r the real problem in S Sudan instead of saying Darfur,Nuba,Uganda, Kenya,Egypt & China r killing non Dinka tribes in S Sudan, we Nuer will keep defending ourselves to last man & those who wanna join us will stand with us & those who r against us will be ashamed if we stand up tall one day

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    • 7 May 2018 16:16, by Kush Natives

      Do you think that you will stand up tall in our watch? We’ll keep mowing like the lawn, stop kidding yourself!

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