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South Sudan armed men clash with Sudanese rebels in Bahr el Ghazal


May 17, 2016 (JUBA) - Sudanese rebels of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), backed by government forces in Western Bahr el Ghazal region, have clashed with armed men allegedly allied to the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM-IO), capturing a military site previously held by the opposition forces in Deim Zubeir area.

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Undated picture extended to Sudan Tribune on 28 April 2015 by the Justice and Equality Movement showing their fighters during a training exercise

Several security and military sources from Raja, the administrative headquarters of the newly created Lol state, attributed the clash to a contest over the site the Sudanese rebels have been using as their hideout in the region.

But local officials claimed it was a ploy by government forces in the area to deny the presence of armed opposition forces in the region in fulfillment of the directive given by the army’s top command.

“There is no clear information about casualties. I just got the information at around 8:30am today. I was told yesterday of security tension which was building up in the area after receiving a report from the local people about unusual activities of two different forces operating south of Deim Zubeir area,” a Lol state minister anonymously told Sudan Tribune.

“They (local people) were talking of two armed groups. I don’t [know] their identities but it is believed to be Sudanese rebels and armed youth group from the area who have been attacking vehicles traveling between Raja and Wau. I don’t know they are operating under whose leadership because Riek Machar has no forces in Bahr el Ghazal and they have not declared the name of their organization. They have been operating there for more than a year,” explained the minister.

A military intelligence officer from Wau, the headquarters of the SPLA’s fifth infantry division, also confirmed in a separate interview with Sudan Tribune on Tuesday that government forces and Sudanese rebels had managed to seize control of a site known to have been used by armed men following fierce clashes Tuesday morning south-west of Deim Zubeir.

"Our gallant forces and friendly forces have also progressed towards other sites in the area in pursuit of these criminals and close the site once and [for] all. This is unbecoming. They are creating insecurity and causing unnecessary loss of lives and properties on the way between Wau and Raja,” he claimed.

The military also accused local people in the area of collaborating with armed groups by not giving them any information about their hideouts.

“The local people are not giving out the information, yet they know there are armed groups living with them. They only complain when they have killed some people or when they have stopped any public transport and loot it. How will our forces know if they have no information about them,” he said.

The spokesperson of the government forces did not release any statement about the latest development in the region and no leading government officials have commented on the matter.

Also, officials of the SPLM-IO could not be reached for comment.

In Khartoum, the Justice and Equality Movement - Dabaja expressed its concern over the fate of its members detained by JEM and called on the international peacekeeping forces inthe region to intervene to ensure their release.

In statement extended to Sudan Tribune about the incident, JEM-Dajbajo Political Secretary Nahar Osman Nahar said "Gibril Ibrahim bears personal responsibility for the safety of detainees".


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  • 18 May 2016 03:58, by Eyez

    The way the SPLA has paraded the JEM rebels openly in its fight against the SPLM/IO forces, is now clear evidence to the whole world, that what Khartoum had been saying about Juba’s support for JEM and other Sudanese rebels is correct.

    Now let’s wait for Bashir’s bombs to rain on the poor people!


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    • 18 May 2016 05:41, by jubaone


      Thank you. Foolishly the govt. spokesman in that area says "our gallant and friendly forces....bla bla bla". Now the 4th largest army in Africa must rely on mercenaries, criminals and hirelings to do the dirty work. Where are the apparently "brave" Malong fighetrs huh?

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      • 18 May 2016 15:38, by Khent


        You mean the same way that dozens of tribes conspired with Khartoum against the Dinka during the war? I’ve told you before that Salva Kir allowed the Nuer to return from their services to Khartoum in 2006 and these dogs of Khartoum then dominated the army and with as much as 70% of the army stemming from that tribe when the war broke out in 2013...

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    • 18 May 2016 15:30, by Khent


      You do realise that Khartoum supported at least four different rebel groups in South Sudan almost two years before Juba responded in kind? Do you know what that’s called? It’s called defence, and everybody is entitled to self-defence.

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      • 18 May 2016 19:30, by Eyez

        You seemed to believe in an eye for an eye, or let’s say, tit for tat. But, put in mind that: while you do the talking, others will be doing the dying.
        It’s the poor Southerners, on the boarder of the belly of the beast (Sudan) that, Bashir is gonna fry with his cluster bombs or suffocate them with Mustard Gas, it’s not JEM or SPLA. Do you get it, because, the cowards will long gone.

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        • 19 May 2016 04:31, by Khent


          Khartoum would bomb our people even if we didn’t retaliate by supporting their rebels. Khartoum’s air bombing campaign causes destruction to the civilian population on the border but it’s not so decisive that we could justify doing nothing to respond to their aggression.

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  • 18 May 2016 08:34, by sudani ana

    No no no its all lies. Kiir said there are no Sudanese rebels in South Sudan.

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    • 18 May 2016 12:53, by Bolman

      Kiir himself is the father of lies who believe what kiir said he/she blindfoolished himself/herself everyone in Southsudan were already aware about the presence of Sudan Rebells in Southsudan who always fight side by side with fake Government who pay them for rape and looting this is known allover the Worldwide hw long Dinkas will keep denying the facts in the eyes of all Worldwide,

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    • 18 May 2016 15:33, by Khent

      sudani ana

      What a great use of sarcasm. You started this and so you can’t point fingers at anyone. We’re responding to your actions and you should consider yourselves lucky that an absolute idiot [Salva] allows you to occupy Lebanon size South Sudanese territories like Kafia Kingi.

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