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S. Sudan army and rebels killed civilians despite ceasefire deal: monitors

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May 30, 2018 (JUBA) – South Sudan’s army and rebels massacred civilians, burned children alive and gang-raped women, despite a ceasefire agreed upon in December last year, the Ceasefire and Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism (CTSAMM) said in a new report on the war-torn nation.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The 14 CTSAMM are yet to be publicly released despite pledges by regional leaders to have those who violated the ceasefire agreement punished.

Both South Sudan government and rebels have dismissed the report.

A group of 200 South Sudanese government soldiers attacked the village of Nyatot in Upper Nile state on 12 February and reportedly shot at random everything and everybody, according to Reuters.

22 civilians were killed and 72 wounded, the monitoring team said.

Gordon Buay, an official at South Sudan’s embassy in Washington, said troops had targeted rebels in Nyatot, not civilians as claimed.

“Any civilian killed in that was not intentional. It was crossfire,” he told Reuters.

The reports says an attack on the town of Modit in Jonglei state on 26 February saw government forces raze buildings, loot a Christian charity and kill five people, including four children who were burned.

“Soldiers stood at the door of the (hut) to ensure the children remained inside and they were eventually burnt to death,” it said.

One of the reports also accused the armed opposition forces loyal to the country’s former first vice-president, Riek Machar of using child soldiers around the South Sudanese northwestern town of Wau.

Tens of thousands have been killed in South Sudan’s war, which began in December 2013 with fighting been soldiers loyal to President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and Machar, an ethnic Nuer.

More than 3 million people have been displaced due to the civil war, while aid agencies say about 5 million people are food insecure.

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  • 31 May 08:58, by Eastern

    When Kiir remains at the helm, this is what is to be expected..!

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    • 31 May 10:48, by Midit Mitot

      Kiir and his thugs will be responsible for those crimes against humanity.

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    • 31 May 12:21, by South South

      Ugly and coward people are putting out shit because they are defeated miserably.

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      • 31 May 14:32, by Malakal county Simon

        Swearing and denying the truth won’t help your illegitimate government.... Just

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        • 31 May 14:39, by Malakal county Simon

          Cont...
          Just put some good reasons to why stil support failed, murderer government.... You may compell food lovers you lucky to get support from the majority of South Sudan population’s....

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      • 31 May 18:26, by lino

        South South,

        By the way, you are killing children, women, and elderly thinking that all other tribes rebelled including minors!!!
        Kiir is using the New Jangaweed of South Sudan using same tactics of Khartoum’s Islamic Regime... You will pay for it my Monyjang Boy. Later on will point to these who carried the from Abuk, Tonj, and some lost boys of Mading e Awiel!!!

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        • 31 May 18:50, by South South

          lino,

          Im not sure if you are lying or you don’t what you are talking about. No one is killing the children or women or elderly from our side. By the way, Abuk in Eqautoria?

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          • 31 May 19:04, by Eastern

            South South,

            Have you started drinking alcohol lately? I am informed the other day Makuei was approached by Rebecca Nyandeng to keep the bottle at bay when dealing with issues national. Leave alcohol to Martin Elia and Company.....

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      • 31 May 19:55, by jubaone

        South South
        The ugly and cowardly people are you jienges and your nyagats who are terrorizing innocent civilians. You only can rape, kill and loot defenceless women and children, but you can’t dare real men. With the demise of fugitive Malong and his nyor thugs, things are getting nasty for the Kiirminal now compounded with serious sanctions.

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  • 31 May 12:10, by carolsatrana

    I’m a professional writer and editor experienced in writing papers for a variety of subjects, including writing course work, sociology, psychology

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  • 31 May 13:04, by Landlord

    In the first place why firing when ceasefire deal still holds? no one should claim cross fire or nonsense. government forces in Jenge regime are for clearing civilians only. Shame on you that you left no positive history like British and Arabs did at least.

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