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South Sudan ceasefire violations continue for second day

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Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)
July 1, 2018 (JUBA) - For the second day since the beginning of permanent ceasefire, reports about bloody clashes continue to emerge from different areas in South Sudan especially Northern Upper Nile and Yei River states.

The SPLA-IO rebels are accused of carrying out an attack on Bangketa village in Maban County of Northern Upper Nile on Saturday morning. Reports from the area say 25 civilians have been killed and 40 others injured.

South Sudanese army, SPLA, Spokesperson, Lul Koang Ruai said 22 wounded people have been transferred to Malakal and Paloich hospitals.

Other officials said some Ethiopians and two Sudanese traders are among the victims. The area is the home of Burun ethnic group which is present in Sudan and South Sudan.

Also, Maban host a camp for Sudanese refugee who fled the fighting in the Blue Nile state.

For its part, the SPLA-IO Deputy Spokesperson Lam Paul Gabriel said the government forces attacked again their position in Kajo Kaeji County.

"At about 2:25 pm this afternoon, the regime’s forces left their base of Sokare and attacked the SPLA-IO defensive position in Kendiri".

"The fight is still ongoing as the regime’s force is advancing towards Mangalatore," he further said an pledged to release more details later on.

When the Khartoum Declaration of Agreement was signed on 27 June, the warring parties agreed to implement the permanent ceasefire on the basis of a cessation of hostilities concluded in December 2017.

They further agreed to reach an agreement over the outstanding issues in the security arrangements including determination of demilitarized areas; modalities and exemption from cantonment; timeframe for unification of forces, and the number of parties’ representatives in the Joint Transitional Security Committee.

However, until Sunday no deal was struck on these issues.

The 27 June agreement provides to open humanitarian access to reach civilians in the war affected areas.

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  • 2 July 02:44, by One people

    Listen to this stupids evils and layers IOs. Yes you Rebels did killed those innocent civilians. One you’re looking to loot their foods, two you’re looking for some ways to make Riek Machar to run away from khartoum agreement and from IGAD peace proposal. you want Riek Machar to come to the bush immediately. Riek Machar his release from prison to sign those agreements or he will go back to jail

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    • 2 July 03:07, by One people

      Riek Machar promised to IGAD that he will sign any agreement if IGAD released him from prison, and also he promised to IGAD that he’ll not go to rebels areas if there is no peace in the country. Riek Machar promise must be completed, or he will go back to prison for good

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      • 2 July 04:02, by South South

        Why killing innocent people in Maban? Why killing Burun people? Why killing innocent people of Ethiopia who are doing business? Why killing Darfurians? This is too much a d need to stop.

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        • 2 July 05:57, by Games

          One people/South South
          You guys needs to do more research before pointing figures. Those who killed civilians in Maban are your groups. Gen. Gatwech Jok Deng Deputy operations Commands in Maban since 2014 in JCE-SPL section. He fought tremendous in Pagak war helping SPL-JCE to captured some parts of Pagak. So, you should have find out his moves first of why killing the people he protects from IO

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          • 2 July 06:06, by Games

            7 in our side, we haven’t heard anything for Gatwech Jok Deng defected to IO. The guy is dangerously armed to teeth by Kuol Manyang to Captured Pagak. He is your Nuerwew.
            In the Equatoria, especially, Yei River, the SPL-JCE footage were seen leaving their positions and went to attacks IO positions, 74km from their Barack...we have all those evidences.

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            • 2 July 07:59, by Kush Natives

              Game,
              Saying something different and doing other things will never take you nowhere in the near future. You’re telling us that, the peace that we’re encouraging isn’t in your interest right? Arrogant and destruction of the civil population properties is exactly become your nature, why disturbing an innocent people? We now know that killing innocent people becomes your objective purely without-

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              • 2 July 08:05, by Kush Natives

                —question ask or doubt. Why not you rebels are not abiding by ceasefire? Why disturbing public for the useless war that you will never win? Now, we in the government believe that Riek isn’t in control of his forces and will never be. All those peace talks are waste of time, Riek will never be trusted till kingdom come. The man deserves an isolation forgood. Case close!

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                • 2 July 09:10, by Games

                  Kush Natives
                  Your Tribalisms government has been known all over, over over as lying regime. This is a main reason the majority of the world are supporting the Oppositions groups. Everythings yours military and government spokesperson said, are always turne out as lies. Anyway you are subhuman that can not admit his mistakes

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            • 2 July 19:36, by One people

              Ya Games ya idiot inta

              stop switching your criminal acts. Yes you Rebels did killed those innocent civilians in Maban. Our governments are working hard to bring peace among our people, but you stupid asses Rebels are working hard to bring criminal acts among our people. Yes you did evil bitch

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    • 2 July 07:59, by Midit Mitot

      Lul Ruai,
      Please abit reserve, Mabaian fought themselves for clan revenge and now you use it for nonsense report to the public.

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  • 2 July 12:12, by Marco A. Wek

    South Sudanese, please work for peace. I don’t see a point of killing ourselves. Enough is enough. Come to your senses.who will you rule of killing all your people?

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    • 2 July 14:08, by Midit Mitot

      Marco A wek,

      Your message is noted well and God bless you please, enough is enough for sure, no one will come and rule us in this country, only South Sudanese sons and daughters who are killing themselves now for nothing.

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  • 2 July 20:17, by Senator Y

    This is the work of Makuey Lueth who denied the others day that he was not against the peace deal signed in Khartoum. Now is very clear that the government is one violating, in all fronts. Let wait for Kiir to come out tomorrow and said no more peace.
    Shame on those who do not care about the suffering of their people.

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