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S. Sudan rebels claim control of Leer town in Unity state

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June 29, 2015 (KAMPALA) -South Sudanese rebels’ allied to former vice president, Riek Machar claimed their forces have regained control of Leer county in Unity state from pro government troops.

Thousands of people wait for food aid in the hot sun near the air drop zone in Leer, South Sudan, in July 2014 (Photo AFP/Nichole Sobecki)

Major Weirial Puok Baluang, the media relations officer for the rebel-appointed governor, said rebels took control of the town at about 12:00AM on Monday.

He said most armed youths deserted the area after pro government troops attacked the area last month. The army allegedly confiscated several properties belonging to citizens.

“The group of Salva Kiir forces have been looting civilians’ properties, including their sources of livelihood such as cattle’s and others belongings. Therefore, their action on civilians angered of youths who retaliated and attacked them,” said Baluang.

The rebel official claimed the area was liberated by youth from Leer communities. He said cows belonging to citizens were all looted by armed youths coming from Mayom county and neighboring Warrap state that backed government forces in Unity state.

He further said the youth who liberated Leer town were commanded by Brigadier Gen. Peter Keah Jal, a militarily commissioner for armed opposition in the now rebel-held area.

Last week, a former commissioner-turned rebel, of accused pro-government forces of allegedly looting thousand herds of cattle in Guit and Rubkotna counties of Unity state.

Leer county was last month captured by pro-government forces, displacing several civilians.

Over 100,000 civilians were displaced into bushes, acccording to the United Nations as humanitarian agencies operating in the area warned of severe famine in coming months.

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  • 30 June 2015 06:19, by Clausewitz

    There’s one error in the article that I must point out, and I quote:

    "Leer county, which stretches from the Unity state capital, Bentiu downwards to the south"

    I don’t know who writes these articles, but they really need to make use of a map, because Leer county is nowhere near Bentiu.

    repondre message

    • 30 June 2015 11:00, by Mayom County Boy

      my message goes to my in laws communities Dok .
      don,t celebrate that your youth liberated Leer county from government troops
      this is totally wrong, where were

      repondre message

    • 30 June 2015 11:06, by Mayom County Boy

      my message goes to my in laws communities Dok .
      don,t celebrate that your youth liberated Leer county from government troops
      this is totally wrong, where were you at the time of capturing of Leer Town by government forces ?
      it is just tactic planning from government troops to let your communities return back with their cows after they return home an other attacks will been launch to leer town .

      repondre message

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