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South Sudan army says SPLM-IO fighters attacked its position in Northern Liech


August 23, 2018 (JUBA) - The South Sudanese army spokesperson Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang accused the main opposition group SPLM-IO of carrying out fresh attacks on the government positions in Northern Liech state.

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Brigadier General Lul Ruai Koang, SPLA spokesperson, is seen at a containment site outside of the capital Juba on April 14, 2016. (AFP Photo)

The government and opposition factions now discussing the implementation matrix of the revitalized peace agreement which they finalized recently in Khartoum. However, since the 27 June, they committed themselves to the ceasefire agreement.

However, Koang and local officials in Northern Liech states in the Unity region accused the SPLM-IO fighters of violating the agreement and killing four government soldiers and injuring several others.

"The opposition forces on 21 attacked our position in two areas of Northern Liech State, we lost four service men and nine of the attackers were killed. That was a serious violation of the ceasefire," the SPLA spokesperson told reporters in Juba.

He further called on the ceasefire monitoring body (CTSAMM) "to visit the area where the attack took place so that they know who was on the wrong side," he said.

The IGAD and the African Union, as well as the Troika countries, called on the parties to observe the ceasefire and to not obstruct the humanitarian access warning that they would impose sanctions on the violators.

Recently the rebels accused the government forces of seeking to retake their areas in the northern and southern parts of the country ahead of the signing of final peace document next month.


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  • 24 August 20:52, by William

    If both government and rebels interested in taking more areas from each other, then there is no peace. Hey just misleading South Sudanese.

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  • 24 August 23:36, by Mayendit

    The fact about the SPLA IO led by Riek Machar is that, after gen, Taban Deng Gai left then, the rest have deported themselves in to their own communities and they are not controls by Riek Machar as he claim. If Riek Machar belief he is controlling his rebels then, he must bring those rebels who made attacked on Kuergeng county in Northern Liech State otherwise, the peace is fragment.

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  • 24 August 23:47, by Mayendit

    The supporters of Riek Machar are too radical and they will never accepted peaceful solution for example, before the Khartoum peace agreement to be begin. The Nuer Elders of council held meeting in Khartoum and rul out that. Dr. Riek Machar must kill the president Salve Kiir Mayardit even if that will let his life go that is fine. This is a true and nothing to be ignored about meeting.

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  • 25 August 00:00, by Mayendit

    Continue on Nuer Elders of Council’s meeting from Khartoum.

    The Nuer Elders of Council seriously blaming Dr. Riek Machar for being coward man adding, they were instructed him when he took hand gun to the presidential Palace but when he held meeting with the president then, he fearful to shot him according to Nuer Elders of Council’s meeting at Khartoum capital of Northern Sudan. Is there peace?.

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  • 25 August 00:17, by Mayendit

    Finally about concerning Nuer Elders of Council’s meeting at Khartoum.
    Juba’s government must demanding apology from both Nuer Elders of Council and their Son Dr. Riek Machar Teny because the president had protect Riek Machar in 2013 and 2016 dog fight. Kiir block solders not to enter UN compound in 2013 while, Riek himself was there. In 2016, we have saw crying, when left with 4 soldiers.

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    • 25 August 09:01, by Games

      Shut up with your nonsenses. Where were the meeting taking place in Khartoum and who shares it? However, you suggest that a good point, Machar is Cowardice man to deal well with Salva Kiir and that were the obvious reasons for many Nuer are leaving his camps.

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