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Heavy fighting reported at S. Sudan army barracks in Juba, Yei


January 4, 2014 (JUBA) - Heavy fighting broke out on Saturday at the barracks of the South Sudanese army in Yei, a town on the border with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, causing panic among local residents.

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A South Sudan army soldier mans a machine gun, that has been mounted onto a truck, as it drives through a street in Malakal town, 497 km (308 miles) northeast of capital Juba, December 30, 2013 (REUTERS/James Akena)

It was not possible to ascertain the cause of the fighting. In Jonglei and Unity states parts of the army mutinied following reports that civilians from the Nuer tribe were being targeted during clashes in the capital, Juba, in mid-December.

Fighting has also been reported from the barracks in Juba where the fighting began on December 15 between members of the presidential guard.

The Juba incident, according to a military source, started when supporters of president Salva Kiir allegedly attacked senior military officers from the Nuer tribe prompting defections. This report could, however, not be independently verified.

The spokesperson of South Sudan’s president Ateny Wek Ateny, told Sudan Tribune that the latest fighting in Juba was between drunken soldiers. No casualty figures were known by Saturday evening.

The soldiers who defected in Juba last month were pushed back to Khor William, but launched a counter attack on Juba on Saturday, according to Major General Marial Cindong Yol from the South Sudanese army (SPLA).

Following the outbreak of fighting, President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar and others of attempting to stage a coup. This has, however, been denied by Machar who is now leading an armed rebellion against the government and now controls two of the country’s 10 states.

Representatives from both sides have sent delegations to Ethiopia for ceasefire talks, but no progress has been made as Machar has set out preconditions for these negotiations, including the release of all political detainees and that a mechanism for monitoring the ceasefire be established.


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  • 5 January 2014 04:28, by Altruistic

    This war is between the Government and Rebel groups, the Dinka and Nuer war have not started yet, when it start those who beat the drum of war between two tribes will regret, it will be a disaster for both side and above all for our country.

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    • 5 January 2014 05:57, by Malakal county Simon

      This sense-less war was imposed on Nuer people’s by unwanted president,and his Dinka Bar-algazel people’s.... So let’s them taste what they have been cooked against Nuer and other minority tribes, who have been marginalized by Dinka dictatorial regime!!!!

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    • 5 January 2014 06:02, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      4 justice, do not believe those bullshits bro, these militias will be exterminated soon, we killed 700 yesterday, just for the record.

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  • 5 January 2014 06:08, by Rancol

    Majority of Nuer are very gullible people as evident in 1991 when your doom Wurnyang tricked you guys to pick up arm against your fellow southerners. Keep dreaming you will surrender soon. Hey by the way, what prophet of yours this time trick you again? Any Nyagaats can answer this question.

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  • 5 January 2014 06:59, by Majongdit

    Sudan Tribune,
    Is it true that "rebels have managed to control many states"?

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    • 5 January 2014 09:43, by Deng Tut

      It is true that the Nuer have capture many areas including Yambio, Luri and now they are toward Juba, juba will be capture day. Lat Salva Kiir understand that Nuer was for peace, since or before independent Nuer was preaching for peace, not because they were fearing of Dinka but for this Land, today we decided to punish you all, we don’t need to see any Dinka in this Land for more than 100 y

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    • 5 January 2014 09:43, by Deng Tut

      It is true that the Nuer have capture many areas including Yambio, Luri and now they are toward Juba, juba will be capture day. Lat Salva Kiir understand that Nuer was for peace, since or before independent Nuer was preaching for peace, not because they were fearing of Dinka but for this Land, today we decided to punish you all, we don’t need to see any Dinka in this Land for more than 100 ys

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      • 5 January 2014 11:38, by Majongdit

        Deng Tut,
        Because of people like you is the reason why Dinkas look down on the Nuer. You are so simple and childish that even to respond to you is a pity. In all this rebellion, the Nuer will take the heaviest toll. Don’t encourage this act of war. Don’t speak such blatant lies about Yambio, Luri or Juba being captured. Who do you think will believe you?

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        • 5 January 2014 12:57, by Deng Tut

          Dinka are not people, they are animals, look what they done during the transitional period, looting oil money for themselves, occupying all big position in civil and police administrations, is it the country belong to Dinka alone, Salva Kiir and his advises were preaches war against Nuer for long time, he forget that he is a president for all south Sudan, not Dinka president. He destroyed himself

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  • 5 January 2014 07:05, by Mapuor

    Hahahaha people of Yei never panic when Jalaba Antonov used to bomb it during the long war,few Nyagaats wanted to create confusion by shooting bullets in air.Kiir is a special gift from God,Satan will never defeat him.Disgruntled group are the 75 who stole public money,when Mr president acted by removing them,they planned coup and started shooting when Kiir was still in the NLC meeting.

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  • 5 January 2014 07:12, by Aleer Bany

    I don’t understand why Ateny Ateny lied that the fight in Juba is caused by drunkers soldiers, while Ge. Bol Koang,Gen. Tang,and Gen. Gatwech Duel were defected from our forces.

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    • 5 January 2014 15:37, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      Who does not know that these three food lovers will have to defect anyway? let them go and fuck themselves in the bushes. they don’t have soldiers at hands. so who cares about there running away in search of green grasses from Machar’s hopeless rebellion.

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  • 5 January 2014 07:46, by Jalaby

    WOW .. I thought this is a Janjaweed or Darfourian fighter!!!

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    • 5 January 2014 07:49, by Jalaby

      Since when Jonobean uniform fighters look like north? Darfourians fighters (Janjaweeds & others) usually cover their faces with turban like that and now Jonobean are following them!
      I believe that’s because the south lacks for its unique identity and is inheriting north identity, attitude and behavior and that explains why they start to cover their faces like that!!

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      • 5 January 2014 08:35, by The Republic of South Sudan

        Dear All,
        Where is my brother Dinka dominate SPLA? This gentle man disappeared and couldn’t be found when real issue arise. Salva has realized, Ugandan army wouldn’t do anything and he contacted Darfur fighters, Sudan revolutionary Front (SRF) and that is Marial is going to Khartoum to convince Khartoum because Khartoum was disappointed given the cooperation agreement accord.

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        • 5 January 2014 08:57, by Bentiu son

          Dear comrades,Salva Kiir n his genuine friend Museveni who killed hero Dr John Garang De Mabior are in messes,dilemmas n political limbos.Kiir’s genocidal regime is almost collapsing,soon his Presidential Palace n Luri Bridge in Juba will be storm strongly by our gallant pro -democracy forces under Dr Riek Machar Teny.We need Kiir alive or dead buddies for peaceful South Sudan otherwise bloodbath

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      • 5 January 2014 13:18, by hamil

        Mind of your economy you landless destitute and thief of a black man’s land. The American’s are making their dollar a hard earned currency for you people and should the situation in South Sudan continue you guys in the North are going to be in a serious mess. All you should hope for is improvement of the matter in the south

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    • 5 January 2014 10:31, by South South

      You are stupid enough to be like animal. SPLA soldier is covering his mouth from the dust, don’t see the dust out there simple minded man.

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      • 5 January 2014 10:46, by Konan

        Man, do u think Darfur’s rebels cover their faces to look handsome !

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  • 5 January 2014 09:19, by Simpleman

    I’ am current writing in yei at the army barracks it was not actually a heavy fighting, even no casualty. It was just a small misunderstanding and the bullets were fire to the air
    Brother and sisters those who do not believe in the bible should believe by now. What was written in the book of Isaiah is not taking effect. Syria is now on trouble while the tall black people described to be ruling

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    • 5 January 2014 10:21, by lakoda

      Simple man
      propaganda, will not help in this war, just tell the trust, don’t be liar like Ateny Wek who said those who fight yesterday night in Juba were drunken, while three Gen. defect from your foolish president.

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  • 5 January 2014 11:10, by barbayo

    fighting broke out yestrday those militias came out from UNMISS compound in Jebel kujur
    this UNMISS need checking proper all rebels are in UNMISS compounds in Juba

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  • 5 January 2014 11:16, by hamil

    DINKA or NUER there is no difference between the two of you apart from the language. You are both aggressive, backward, you don’t know what is good and bad, you both spit anyhow, you are dirty and used to move naked, you are not liked by all countries in the world that you go to. The world and the remainder of South Sudan & Sudan are fed up of you because you and wild animals are not different

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