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Rival forces clash in South Sudan’s Central Equatoria state


June 12, 2016 (JUBA) – Rival South Sudanese forces clashed on Saturday in Central Equatoria state, situated south of the national capital, Juba.

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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on August 20, 2015 (Photo AFP/Samir Bol)

The deadly clashes, between forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to First Vice President, Riek Machar, left at least 21 soldiers dead and dozen others wounded on both sides, according to military sources.

“SPLA and SPLA-IO forces clashed on Saturday. The fighting occurred in Kansuk payam of Keji Keji county. Our forces were attacked in the area by the SPLA forces,” a senior military officer of the SPLA-IO told Sudan Tribune on Sunday.

He blamed the forces loyal to President Kiir for allegedly attacking their military base around Keji Keji in Kansuk area.

The source, who is also a member of the military committee responsible for the security arrangements per the August 2015 peace agreement, also claimed that the SPLA-IO forces defeated the SPLA forces in self-defence.

“We managed to chase them [SPLA forces] back into Keji Keji town,” he said.

He further claimed that at least 20 soldiers from the rival SPLA forces were killed, one tank and a number of military vehicles were either destroyed or captured.

SPLA-IO forces in Equatoria region have not been cantoned and processes to do so have not been implemented.

The latest fighting is the first deadliest clashes in the region after formation of the transitional government of national unity which brought together rival leaders who fought for two years.

Sources in the capital, Juba, said the situation on Sunday was calm, but tense after the Saturday clashes in Keji Keji.


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  • 12 June 2016 22:13, by William Atak Garang.

    South Sudan is the unlucky State after the long struggle for the independent of our population, the politicians hijacked the freedom of the nation and turned to senseless War of interests with a great turmoils among the communities. Now
    since you still there fighting each other because of the demands that are not met, while in Juba and the civilian are there dying of starvation and the others ar

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    • 13 June 2016 06:43, by Force 1

      That’s the consequences of two separates armies in the country; but make no mistake about it; you’re going to see more of that all over the country. Juba need to make sure this time when full-scale all out war started again like the one we witness on December 15 2013; no top opposition leader escape like the way they did the last time!

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      • 13 June 2016 07:43, by Eastern

        Sooner or later your likeminded will come to the realisation that having two separate armies is a better option than having multiple armies without command and control to leverage them towards a good cause. The war effort against SPLA-io in Greater Upper Nile has brought South Sudan on its knees; do you still believe in more wars, dude?

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  • 13 June 2016 05:57, by Eastern

    Cantone the rival forces in Western Bahr el Ghazal and Equatoria now or else the ARCISS thrown into the dustbin of history. Kiir and Dr Riek and their handlers need to act really fast on this. When the ARCISS fails, they are equally in deep trouble!!!!

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  • 13 June 2016 07:34, by Akuma

    It’s already full-scale war and SPLM IO leadership & their forces will regret the consequences. SPLA must not wait again.

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    • 13 June 2016 08:48, by Hardlinner

      Riek should distance himself from criminals in equatoria. those thugs do not listen to their central command. therefore they should be regarded as renegade soldiers. they are indeed the one responsible for highway robberies and murders.
      SPLA should get in there and eliminate those thugs. if they were part of IO, why don’t adhere to peace. they are simply a tribal gang and must be deal with.

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  • 13 June 2016 09:10, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    SPLM/A-IG is behaving like occupational forces in non-dinka areas in South Sudan. They rape,rob and mass murder citizens like barbarians from a different planet. One wonders when this will end. Obviously resistance is the only way out. South Sudan must be made ungovernable so that Juba comes its sense.

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    • 13 June 2016 15:48, by Khent

      jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      As usual, you Nuer posture and grandstand and claim to be in solidarity with the Equatorians that have had plots of their lands occupied by Dinka Generals and politicians, but you won’t tell others that you occupy entire Counties belonging to the Anyuak and Burun, while hypocritically condemning the Dinka for land theft...

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      • 13 June 2016 15:49, by Khent

        .. You have stolen entire counties from the Anyuak and Burun since the 80s and refuse to return those lands. You killed Chol Odio, the Anyuak paramount chief in 2013. Are you really ignorant of the fact that the Mor Lou continue to encroach upon the lands of the Anuak? The Mor Lou routinely intimidate and kill the Anyuak in Akobo in order to displace them from their ancestral lands.

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        • 13 June 2016 15:50, by Khent

          The people who have stolen the lands of the Anyuak and Burun are the same people that now pretend to be rightious by condemning a small group of Dinkas for stealing plots of land in Equatoria, when entire Nuer sub-sections take entire payams and counties from smaller tribes.

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  • 13 June 2016 09:12, by Dengda

    I am Calling for justice now
    Next war will take 10 years and no defeat but destroying of the country. Kiir and Riek are not qualified. leaders are still behind the queue

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  • 13 June 2016 09:25, by William Atak Garang.

    fleeing to the neighboring States like Sudan,Ethiopia, Kenya,Uganda Etcetera and the dormant people are here being killed by the malaria precisely to lack of drugs in the national States. The crucial thing is to put interests of the nation as a first priority rather than the mechanisms of how you will defeat each other. This is the really time for the UN,UK,AU,IGAD and TRIOKA to stand up to rescu

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  • 13 June 2016 09:32, by William Atak Garang.

    S.Sudanese although the international community is not happy with the adamant from both side, still our people did not forgotten the way you have supported us throughout the independent of our region.

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  • 13 June 2016 12:41, by Uncle J

    There is a need for war of defeat that’s the only way long lasting peaceful resolution will prevail in South Sudan SPLM-io still have this assumption of attempting coup if it fails it is not a coup but if it succeeds they will officially call it coup. My politicians are no different to those Ugand politicians who used to overthrow each until the long lasting one is the one with strongest military.

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  • 13 June 2016 22:10, by Kerem

    SPLA-IO will soon be like ISIS which claim any nonsensical incident in the world. Riek’s disorganized army is claiming useless successes without knowing the consequences. They are lucky the government is dumped and cannot hold anyone accountable now.

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