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UN says S. Sudan rebels “appear to be in control” of Malakal town


January 16, 2013 (JUBA) – Forces opposed to South Sudan government “appear to be in control” of Malakal, the Upper Nile state capital, a United Nations official said on Thursday.

Soldiers from the South Sudanese army patrol the streets of Malakal, the capital of South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 31 December 2013 (AFP)

“The mission reports that anti-government forces appear to be in control of the town [Malakal], Farhan Haq, a spokesperson for the Secretary General told a UN briefing in New York.

He further said about 20,000 civilians were being protected at its base in the oil-rich state capital.

Security in the area has lately been tense after clashes between rebels loyal to the country’s former vice-president Riek Machar and pro-government forces with both sides claiming to have full control of the oil-rich territory.

An assessment report by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) revealed very limited civilian movements in town while very few shops were reportedly opened for business.


Already, the mission has expressed concerns over restrictions allegedly imposed on the movement of ammunition for its troops.

“It [UN] reminds all parties that, as stated by the Security Council, efforts to undermine the mission’s ability to implement its mandate, as it seeks to protect civilians, will not be tolerated”, said Haq.

He reiterated the mission’s mandate to remain impartial and protect all civilians.

Despite all these challenges, however, the mission said security had been boosted in its bases across the country where some 65,000 civilians are currently seeking shelter.

Also undertaken, according to the mission, was thorough search for weapons by its police force, while additional police units authorized by the Security Council last December will arrive by the end of next week.

“These units will be deployed at bases in Juba, Malakal and Bentiu”, it said in a statement.


Meanwhile there were also reports of heavy shooting and shelling in Unity state capital on Wednesday as about 5,300 civilians sought shelter in two UN sites.

More than 200,000 South Sudanese have reportedly been displaced during the conflict, with nearly 80,000 said to have fled fleeing to neigbouring Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan.


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  • 17 January 2014 12:15, by omoni jr.

    I were the president salva kiir ,i would have released those prisoners in order to save thousands of lives lost in senseless killings. The 11 prisoners are equal to many lives that will be lost again.

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    • 17 January 2014 12:16, by Sir King

      Dear South Sudanese,
      I totally condemn what Museveni and Kiir are doing to this country. First of all, I wish Dr. Riek Machar had never started it that way, could have waited for 2015 for Stupid Kiir to rig the election. This is where he should face total burning of his underwear, but now, Riek is losing supporters largely in Dinka and part of Equatoria. Please We want changes.

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      • 17 January 2014 12:17, by Sir King

        - Kiir Mayardit is doing nothing in South Sudan. His government is full of corruption, inequality, ethnicity, nepotism, tribalism, disunity, and it is because Kiir is a primitive leader, who does not work on measures of uniting the national. What a Gogrial that God has given us as a punishment or curse to this nation.
        1. Dinka marginalise should struggle against this man

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        • 17 January 2014 12:18, by Sir King

          - for the sake of democracy
          2. All South Sudanese must put in minds that Kiir is doing nothing to this nation and so, we should be supporting changes for better future of this country.
          3. Kiir refuses to make army a national army because he knew that he will use it for getting rid of political opponents.
          4. Poor management of national resources is another problem because he rules the country as

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          • 17 January 2014 12:19, by Sir King

            - a personal property.
            5. Nuer has started it not this war is between Nuer and Dinka but it is because Nuer are the starters and other communities who are disgruntled will later join the revolution. Kiir must make sure that revolution is not for one day, whether he brings in Museveni’s army. Did Arab defeat us when they used to bring army from Egypt and Irag? Answer is no.

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            • 17 January 2014 12:22, by Sir King

              The world should know Kiir is totally incompetent and unabling leader. Help us dispose him from power. But we warn you too that Riek Machar should not be his successor.

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              • 17 January 2014 12:24, by Sir King

                Go ahead capturing but don’t be killing civilians if you want legacy!!

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                • 17 January 2014 21:53, by Wani khooto

                  Dear SIR KING,
                  where were u since the time war started so that u can tell these fools call nuer that what Machar did was a wrong way to take power from KIIR.now the will lost war and many pple have die.i am not a dinka but i keep on telling them that what the are doing is not right.shame on machar.what shame to that community.SPLA OYEEEEEEEEEEEE FUCK THEM

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              • 17 January 2014 13:04, by Jewish Ally

                Sir King
                it good that you have notice that Riak has taken wrong step to over through Kiir by post, and branding the war to be Nuer vs Dinka. by this Machar will never win the suporter from Dinka. Machar will never be a successor of Kiir because both have not rule to our expectation(citizens)
                but the question is will 2015 election beheld again? and who do South Sudan see and hope as next leader?

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                • 17 January 2014 13:22, by Mi diit

                  Sir King or Jewish Ally you are wasting time. Kiir started the war and must be overthrown soon. Dr. Riek will be the president whether you like it or not. The war is on, no more complaints. Jonglei, Upper Nile and now Unity state have fallen. Soon Central Equatoria will fall and we go to Warrap. Kiir will run away soon with his helicopter ready stored in his residence to fly away soon. Just wait!!

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                  • 17 January 2014 13:26, by Mi diit

                    Coward Kiir and his lazy followers thought it was a short cut to avoid 2015 elections when he ordered his presidential guards to start the war in Juba, killing innocent Nuer civilians. Now he feels the heat that it is not easy even when Museveni is there to support his coward army. The war will not end until Kiir is no more and you people have surrendered soon. See how you panic in just one month!

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                    • 17 January 2014 13:28, by Mi diit

                      Now the UN has confirmed that the pro-democracy forces of Dr. Riek Machar have taken full control of Malakal, proving as liars Salva Kiir’s group who denied it. Now the fighting is going to Renk and Melut areas to make those rats surrender or else...

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        • 17 January 2014 13:52, by what the hell

          Mis King or Queen
          Kiir Mayardit is your primitive president right now and their is nothing you can do about it, what have mr PHD holder done right now took us back to zero, because he want to be a president by force well Kiir did not get by force he was elected as primitive president of republic of SS if Riek want to be a president 2015 is not that fare away it’s a matter of numbers if he have

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        • 17 January 2014 13:52, by what the hell

          Mis King or Queen
          Kiir Mayardit is your primitive president right now and their is nothing you can do about it, what have mr PHD holder done right now took us back to zero, because he want to be a president by force well Kiir did not get by force he was elected as primitive president of republic of SS if Riek want to be a president 2015 is not that fare away it’s a matter of numbers if he have

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      • 17 January 2014 12:52, by mathem jech amer

        Now you people know the truth and you have been beating around the bush, you are now coming to your sense.If Riek is asked why are you fighting? no answer, just want to be president using short cut.Riek was saying he know nothing about 11 prisoners and were not part of his group, now he clsims they belong to him, so many lies,I support their release..& see what next

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    • 17 January 2014 12:19, by omoni jr.

      I mean the 11 prisoners are NOT equal to the thousands of lives lost.

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    • 17 January 2014 12:21, by Gat Gan Kiir

      Malakal was captured since Tuesday, but Philip Aguer is conceived the public. By today and tomorrow Mlut and Renk the remaining counties will be control by us. Bentiu is going to be recaptured by tomorrow. Juba and Warrap are the next target

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      • 17 January 2014 13:36, by what the hell

        gat gan you get Juba first leaved Warrap it’s another battle to consider if you can manage to capture Juba, good luck with your stupid PHD holder of university of Nuer

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      • 17 January 2014 13:37, by Hardlinner

        By the time you reach warab, all the nuer militias would almost be dead by that times. You are just exposing yourselves to unwinnable war. At end of your nuer rebellion, 3/4 of your kind would have been killed or capture. You guys will finish one by one in the name of foolish riek.

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    • 17 January 2014 15:45, by Tong dut

      S P L A. Will not give the right information, let Kirr go to uganda as refugees to eat giangiros.

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  • 17 January 2014 15:23, by Mapuor

    Rebels must be held responsible for the destruction of Bor,Malakal.Bentiu and Rubkona.Some of those towns do not exist only rubbles.Is that the democracy that Mr Riek preached and continue to preach.Those of Taban Deng will regret destruction of Bor town plus other towns.If you Nyagaat want to rule why ground buildings???????????????/

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    • 17 January 2014 15:28, by Mapuor

      there are rumors that Mr Riek is in critical conditions.He is believed to have been hit by a shell from gunship.Who will be your next king?Hahahahahah Malakal is now fully under the SPLA control only that rebels looted the town completely.Hahahahhah Nyagaat Nile blind quest for leadership has backfired.ALLTTA CONTINUA.

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  • 17 January 2014 15:39, by Mapuor

    There is no any justification for the change of leadership completely. The six reasons that Mr traitor gave cannot convince any rational being. The citizenry know very well Mr Riek and the disgruntled group were the most corrupt people in the government. Leadership should therefore remain in greater B G,for twenty one years, then rotate to Equatoria for another 21 years after which people

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    • 17 January 2014 15:40, by Mapuor

      sit and design a new way of sharing the power between the three regions. Power stayed in Upper Nile for twenty one years, it must do the same in the other two regions come what may. Any Satan who rejects this fairness should leave the country.

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  • 17 January 2014 21:19, by Black Pharaoh

    If the comment section in Sudan Tribune is a reflection of the popular opinion in SS then the country is doomed.All you do is spread hateful language that only serves as a catalyst to this senseless war, a war started by the elites to protect their interests while using the tribal card to mobilise the ignorant crowds.

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