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SPLM-IO accuses South Sudanese army of fresh attacks in Yei River State


September 1, 2018 (JUBA) - South Sudan main armed group, SPLM-IO said on Saturday that the South Sudanese government forces continue to carry out a large-scale attack on their position in the Yei River State, launched four days ago.

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A SPLA soldier stands in front of a vehicle in Juba on December 20, 2013. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

The rebel group further called on the ceasefire monitoring body (CTSAMM) and the UN peacekeeping mission (UNMISS) to investigate the attack and take note of this additional violation.

The government and the main armed group rebels signed a ceasefire agreement in December 2017 and recommitted themselves to it again on 27 June 2018

The attack if verified will be the first of its kind for more than a month. The last time the SPLM-IO fighters accused the government of attacks against them was on 20 July when they reported attacks on the rebel-controlled areas in Bagari and Mbor areas in the Yei River State.

According to a statement by the SPLA-IO’s spokesperson in the area, Wayi Godwill Edward, the hostilities have begun on 29 August when government troops from Yei Town and Pakula attacked the SPLA-IO positions in Kupera Payam of Lainya County.

"The continuing deadly military operations started on the morning of August, 29th 2018 when the regime’s Governor of Yei River State dispatched his Commissioner Emmanuel Khamis Richard and Executive Director Edward Lubad of their purported Kupera County to raise their flag in the area that has been under our firm control over the last two years," said Edward, in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

Before to attack Kupera, the government forces retook control of Jamara Center, about three miles away from Jamara 7 using artilleries and armoured vehicles.

"Our forces tactfully withdrew (from Jamara7 and Kupera) to prevent civilians’ casualties since the belligerent regime’s force randomly shelled the area with heavy artilleries," he said.

"Since then they have been taking more forces from Yei Town to reinforce their fighting force in the front line. As I write now the war of occupation is continuing in Kupera Payam," he added.

On 30 August, the SPLM-IO initialled the final revised peace agreement after showing some reticence to endorse it. However, the group said it would only sign the deal if the IGAD leaders resolve four concerns they expressed in a joint statement with the South Sudan Opposition Alliance.

The statement said thousands of civilians fled the areas attacked by the government forces and moved into refugees camps in neighbouring Uganda.

The statement called on the CTSAMM’s MVT in Yei and UNMISS to investigate and verify the claimed attacks.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson was not reachable for comment on the claim.


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  • 2 September 2018 09:20, by Kush Natives

    Wayi Godwill Edward,
    Stop lying to South Sudanese people in the jungle, it’s become your nature of the kind, when you decided to loot villages, you report it as an attack, simply because you run out of foods. Is it that the federal your want? Looting federal? People are in Khartoum trying to put the useless conflicts to an end, and you remain stabbing villages in the back!

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    • 2 September 2018 09:33, by Kush Natives

      - NAS should leave those innocent people alone, looting villages itself is a defeat sign, let alone talking nonsense on government troops. There’s no single government troops there as we’re speaking. Harassing civilians in their respective homes diminish your foods moment, the peace is the only way to settle your disagreement with government, but not terrorizing people.

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      • 2 September 2018 11:09, by Pakuai

        The so-called NAS of Thomas Cirillo can damn go back to Uganda, DR Congo if they damn can. But we have informed the evils. To grow up and join their UN, NGOs and some in the so-called US, the UK, cloned arabs of North Sudan, some of their lowly informed Nuers, Shilluks, their cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan, their gulf Arab states paymasters, their evil juus>>>

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        • 2 September 2018 14:05, by jubaone

          I see your fervent desire to have Gen Cirillo in Uganda or DRC so that he leaves for you Juba that you can at least lead a civilised life as compared to your shithole luak in Jonglei. Kindly use your eloquence and writing skills to get your miserable jienge life together. Just wondering how such a cum jienge academic and "liberator" was thrown out the SPLA? To noisy, mouthy?

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          • 2 September 2018 15:13, by South South


            If peace is signed with IGAD supporting it and Cirillo refuses to sign, then he has to go to exile outside the region. Maybe US can take him. I am saying this because this is what history tells us. people who refused peace in 1972 went to exile.

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      • 2 September 2018 14:11, by jubaone

        Bush Natives
        It was SPLA-IO and not NAS. Ya jienge, reread the article and understand. That is our problem with you jienges. Concentrate on idling under lalob trees and sing cow 🐮 songs all day. Reading and writing is not your domain. Your emotions are eating away your reason thereby turning you into a cow-like notorious idiot.

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        • 2 September 2018 16:06, by One people


          Sometimes you need to take an advice very seriously.SPLA fought Sudan Army until the declared that SSud is a new country in the Africa continent and in the world, than the fought with the most dangerous tribe in SSudan and they didn’t get defeated, yes you might call Dinka shithole or wherever you want to call, but you do know that you can never finish them or to win a victory over them

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          • 2 September 2018 16:46, by One people

            so your son or your father Thomas Cirillo need to be very careful for what he is looking for or else we’ll gonna miss him. Thomas Cirillo is not fighting for federalism system. Thomas Cirillo his fighting to get into politic level and he wants to be knowing by people, pretty much he wants to be famous politician. Oh by the away, SPLA never attacked anybody in Yei, SPLA IO were the one who did

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            • 2 September 2018 17:29, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

              One people,

              You need to shut up your sharp mandible. You use government resources to kill our people and you talk shit. Your time will come. Remember the people killed were not killed in Dinka land!! The Dinka came to kill them on their land. Remember as theirs a beginning there must be an end to evil act. Eventually you will answer some questions about that.

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              • 2 September 2018 19:06, by South South

                jur_likang_a_ likan’g,

                There is no single evidence you can show the world that Dinka killed innocent people in Equatoria. If you are talking about SPLA, then SPLA are not Dinka, SPLA is South Sudan army, but I am not sure SPLA will just kill innocent people because they are from Equatoira. We know that SPLA fought rebels in Equatoria. Peace. Cirillio signed the peace, this is good news for South

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                • 2 September 2018 19:24, by jubaone

                  South South
                  There is a fundamental difference between the SPLA we know and the SPLAnyor that has evolved into a tribal militia group of armed luakjieng savages. The SPLA we know and supported sadly died with Dr Garang. What we now have is something else, only the jienge know. No jienges were killed on our roads. These were staged my jienge diehards to ignite ethnic tensions. We love jienges.

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          • 2 September 2018 19:17, by jubaone

            One People
            I don’t buy into this jienge narrative that grossly embellishes its role as the sole liberator of SS. It was Riak that explicitly expressed his position for holding a referendum for SS to decide, whereas Dr Garang was for unity under specific political dispensation. All jienges naturally followed him. To now turn around and claim the contrary is just stupid.

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  • 2 September 2018 11:41, by Charles Majok

    What are you talking about? It has been announced that the Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) are going to supervise the unification of all the rival forces in South Sudan. The SAF has been invited by Salva Kiir Myardit. Don’t you think that the SPLA is going to be integrated into the SAF so that South Sudan and Sudan can be reunited?

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    • 2 September 2018 17:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      Unfortunately this is happening under your Dinka noses!! They claim they liberated South Sudanese from Jallaba! Where is that liberation that is taking them back to the kitchen of Jallaba? These hasharat can not do without a beledi meal from the dustbin of Jallaba!!

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  • 3 September 2018 04:41, by Joseph Canada

    This is the reason why Federalism is called to be placed in this nation. Everyone in South Sudan went back to their Original home after the 2005 CPA, those conflicts would’ve b en confined to certain corners of the nation.

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