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South Sudanese rebels overran key town in Eastern Equatoria


August 18, 2015 (JUBA) - South Sudanese rebel forces have on Tuesday overrun key town in Eastern Equatoria state after they allegedly came under attack by government forces in intense battles confirmed government sources and residents in the area.

Forces under the overall command of Major General Martin Kenyi, deputy chief of general staff for morale orientation loyal to the former vice president Riek Machar, captured Pageri town on Tuesday before they tactically withdrew several hours later.

Rebels said government forces attacked their position on the morning of Tuesday, prompting their forces to fight back and repulsed the attackers, resulting to brief capture of the town, north east of the border town of Nimule.

In a press statement issued by the opposition’s military command, the rebel group accused the government of trying to derail the peace agreement which the rebel leader signed on Monday in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“The regime in Juba rejected to sign the peace agreement because it has chosen war over peace. We call upon the international community to put pressure on Salva Kiir to stop attacking our positions and sign the peace agreement,” partly reads a press statement issued by the rebels’ deputy chief of general staff for operations, Major General James Koang Chuol Ranley.

He said a number of weapons and other war equipment were captured from the government’s forces when the town was overrun.

Opposition leader’s spokesman, James Gatdet Dak, in a separate interview confirmed the incident but said their forces tactically withdrew from the town hours after its capture from the government.

“Yes, positions of our forces in the area came under surprise attack in the morning by government troops. Our forces responded by repulsing the attackers and captured Pageri town in the process. They controlled the town for many hours before they tactically withdrew,” Dak told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Dak also added that government forces were carrying out and planning further offensive on positions of the opposition group in other parts of the country in an attempt to spoil the peace agreement.

Local government officials and residents confirmed to Sudan Tribune the fighting in a series of interviews on Tuesday but said that the town came under heavy attack by the opposition forces at around 7:00am before eventually fell under the control of the rebels at around 8:30am when government forces decided to withdraw.

“Our forces based on directives from the general headquarters decided to pull out of the town on tactical reasons. It was not defeat. In fact those who came do not [have] any capability to defeat our forces. We just did not want the civilians in town to be caught up in the cross fire,” a local commanding officer told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

"Just wait and see what happens next,” he said, before the alleged tactical withdrawal of the opposition forces.

Magwi county commissioner, Ben Kingston, and the spokesperson of the government forces, Colonel Philip Aguer, also confirmed the incident, saying the town came under attack on Tuesday morning, forcing civilians to flee to Nimule town because the militants took advantage of absence of the government forces there.

Aguer’s statement to the media contradicted claims by military sources, including the overall local commander of the government forces in the area that they pulled out their forces on the directives given to them by the general headquarters to avoid civilians being caught in the cross fire.

Government critics say the incident may have been a plot by some government officials opposed to the recent agreement with a view to delay signing by president Salva Kiir or to derail its implementation.

The clashes occurred less than 24 hours after president Kiir refused to sign the peace deal inked by his arch rival, Machar.


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  • 18 August 2015 21:37, by Panda Odhie

    That shows to the people that what was signed by Riek was not mean peace but away of blindfold the world of being a good man who is owing for peace, why do they attack again pliz we should mean really peace. This bulshit, those who were attacking were only gang robbers who were looking for what to eat no need for fighting when we are for peace, stop it.

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    • 19 August 2015 00:38, by Eastern

      Have you confirmed that the attack was carried out by gangs; stop this cheap wishful thinking!!!

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    • 19 August 2015 07:07, by okucu pa lotinokwan

      Let us talk fact,there is no rebel in Eastern Equatoria,if two criminals in need of personal property from the communitities by robbery with a gun immediately the rebel will claims that it was done by their forces.

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  • 18 August 2015 21:41, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    SPLA, commanders are about to stop Kiir, not to sign peace deal. And let the issue of Riek Machar, might be solve militarily.

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    • 19 August 2015 00:41, by Eastern

      Which SPLA commanders if Kiir is their chief? The same commanders you are referring to confused Kiir to abrogate signing agreement in Addis Ababa at the last minute. You Dinkas think the solution to the conflict is the gun; let’s see how far that path takes us.

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      • 19 August 2015 03:26, by Force 1

        all you know how to do is talk tough but does nothing! What have you done now after two of your pinheads governors were fired? Not just that but government went farther; One is now arrested in undisclosed location and the other one is under house arrest. Stop the nonsense!

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    • 19 August 2015 05:58, by dad1

      Makuach Lam, am always on your side, what is riek doing now is not the real peace, what i know peace will come from common citizens when they know they are wasting their lives for no reason but individual intrest.

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  • 19 August 2015 07:14, by William Atak Garang.

    you sign the compromise peace agreement in less than 24 hours before dissemination to public,you dishonor it? impossible! all in all dormant people are the only victims in your aggressions in the Country. Government need to be alert within this shorten period of time for leadership consultation and fine the way forward to bring peace back to S.Sudan

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  • 19 August 2015 07:50, by Son of Ngundeng

    Dear Readers !!!
    This is warning for the failure and rotten regime in capital city of death and mafia + their failure Jieng council of elders(Council of mafia elders)

    If this conflict will be solve militarily, try to deport back your husbands called (UPDF)if you will be able to face the mighty strongest tribe in Africa(NUER)

    Son of prophet currently
    in front line Pathay
    Jonglie STATE.

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