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Heavy casualties reported on J1 clashes in Juba


July 8, 2016 (JUBA) – Clashes between South Sudan’s rival forces loyal to President Salva Kiir and those loyal to the First Vice President, Riek Machar, have left nearly 150 soldiers dead from both sides.

SPLA) soldiers sit before the start of celebrations on the 31st anniversary of the SPLA in Juba May 16, 2014. (Photo Reuters/Andreea Campeanu)

The heavy fighting occurred on Friday near J1, the Presidential Palace, between troops of the South Sudanese army (SPLA) and protection unit of the First Vice President, Machar, of the SPLA in Opposition.

Sources said at least 150 people were confirmed dead on both sides.

“We counted about 35 of the SPLA-IO soldiers lying dead and over 80 died from the SPLA’s side. But this was not the total figure,” a senior military officer from President Salva Kiir’s faction told Sudan Tribune on Friday evening.

“It looked as if all the bodyguards of the First Vice President who were deployed on the street outside J1 were killed,” he added.

Friday’s fighting near the Presidential Palace was the most deadly clash since formation of the transitional government in South Sudan.

Asked to confirm the figure of those who lost their lives during the Friday’s confrontation, Machar’s spokesperson, James Gatdet Dak, said he did not receive report on the number of those killed, but added that there were “heavy” casualties.

“I have not received an official figure of those who were killed. I have however learned that the casualties were heavy from both sides,” he added.

The fighting occurred while President Kiir and his deputy, Machar, were in a meeting inside the Palace.

A huge force came from nowhere and joined up with President Kiir’s tiger force and opened fire on Machar’s bodyguards deployed outside the Palace for protection.

However, their bodyguards who were inside the palace did not turn against one another.

The two leaders, trapped inside the palace, were later on seen making a joint press statement condemning the fighting and claiming that none of them had knowledge about the cause of the clashes outside the palace.

But sources told Sudan Tribune that the incident seemed to have been pre-planned to coincide with the presidency meeting as a revenge on the Thursday’s incident in which five SPLA soldiers lost their lives.

Machar safely returned to his Jebel Kujur base, escorted by President Kiir’s forces in what was seen as a humiliation to suggest that they had spared his life.


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  • 9 July 2016 07:39, by Eastern

    It’s foolhardy for Kiir and Dr Machar to lock themselves somewhere guarded by their respective forces oblivious of the fact that their is a another evil yet powerful force to reckon with the mathian anyoor, under the command of Paul Malong Awan lurking out there. If this is true, serves them right!!!!!!

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    • 9 July 2016 07:58, by Joseph Canada

      the ratio of 35:80 which’s 1:2 should be the question as to who just came from home only to fight as a tribe and who is more trained. That being told, the young innocent lives are being lost overnight. 150 Momen and more children woke up to day as widows and fatherless in South Sudan today. Haven’t we had enough? how many more will go today and tomorrow? everyday in SS? When r we going 2 standup?

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      • 9 July 2016 08:21, by Force 1

        Joseph Canada;

        It look like you’re buying this idiotic lies from Sudan Tribune. If Government forces were the ones who suffers heavy loses; then how come the report says all the body guards of vice president were all killed and the only force who escort vice president to his resident were government forces? Just read between the lines and see the truths!

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        • 9 July 2016 08:38, by Force 1

          The pinhead who wrote this piece never realised that his or her numbers don’t add up. He says 150 were confirm dead. 35 from Riek forces & 80 from government! Does those # add up to 150? This line of work is not for idiots who throw anything on the wall!

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          • 9 July 2016 14:52, by Hardlinner

            if doctors didn’t give figures for those killed in battle of pinheads, where did Sudan tribune obtained it figure from. or is this website run by savage wannabe reporters. there is no credibility from any news produced by Sudan tribune( sorry jungle news of Sudan tribune).

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        • 9 July 2016 10:10, by Hardlinner

          Sudan tribune is indeed putting fuel on fire. i urge all south Sudanese to be vigilant and stay away from mad dogs of Riek and Kiir. their guards are tribalists and illiterates.

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      • 9 July 2016 08:28, by TUR-ANGON

        So you shamelessly believing ST lies. It tells desparation and hallucination in you.as a matter of facts, your forces and obliterated and humiliated by the gallant SPLA FORCES.

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        • 9 July 2016 08:45, by Force 1

          Well we’ll see who will later be on their knees begging the government to forgive them. Remember way to pangak wouldn’t be as easy as last time around.

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    • 9 July 2016 08:08, by barbayo

      this will be handle in care people who cause this incident are non- Nuer and non-Dinka ,they are people who want position by using Nuer as a way of getting positions , those of middle among Dinka and Nuer need to be pick out ,otherwise Nuer and Dinka should learn ,this incident was plan not by IO or SPLA but it was planned by UN other NGOs and some South Sudanese who are working NGOs war continu

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      • 9 July 2016 13:22, by jubaone


        Only fools like you like to blame others for your failures. Kiir has failed the people and the best he can do is go back to his luak and look after cows. that is the easiest he can do. Leadership should be left for PhD holders like Riak, Lam, Elia Lomuro etc..cos it requires intelligence

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        • 9 July 2016 14:46, by Hardlinner

          jubaone. we need civilized leaders not primitives with empty PHD’s. i’m far more superior than those with their outdated PHD’s. those who want stability in south Sudan should cease from mentioning Kiir and Riek. they are big time failure. have you seen what their rag tag village soldiers have done to one another. it seemed like there are only few civilized people in south sudan.

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  • 9 July 2016 07:52, by William Atak Garang.

    Is it not a great humiliation to the State Government ? the dead of the innocent army is a big lost to our nation. The slain of the army is just a benefit to politicians and those greedy leaders for power. God will rest their souls in peace. The should have dead for the war between two Country instead of individual interests. God will rescue us from that too much mess in the capital.

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    • 9 July 2016 08:21, by barbayo

      people who cause this incident in Juba are in Eastern Equatoria now they attacked SPLA base in the midnight today but SPLA teach them proper some them on way to Uganda now include Jubaone yesterday took car from Uganda to border of South Sudan thinking that the SPLA-IO will control Juba but now he is on way going back to Uganda

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    • 9 July 2016 08:49, by barbayo

      those Equartorian in SPLA-IO cause this incident yesterday in J1 because they revenged col,Gasim by using Nuer for their interest those who started shooting are Martin Kenyi malitiates among SPLA-IO ,this time Nuer should learn the people you collectedfrom nowhere during 2013 become problem toyou now, yesterday SPLA took Raik Machar to his home now with his family as first vice president.

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      • 9 July 2016 14:08, by jubaone


        Equatorians have not spoken yet. Once they do that, then jienges will know that this time around, there is no nonsense and fooling around. Again, all roads to and out of Juba are closed and tonight you will hear something more serious. Trust me.

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        • 9 July 2016 15:06, by Hardlinner

          jubaone, who are Equatorians?. don’t forget that equatorians are not homogeneous and some of them are closer to dinka than they to common equatorians. Jubaone you are indeed uncivilized and primitives. what would separate you from emulating what occurred between IO and IG guards?. just go to your village and carry on with your age old primitive activities.

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        • 9 July 2016 15:15, by barbayo

          why are you backed yesterday to Uganda ,show yourself up now . everybody know what is going on person who been sent by Equatorians yesterday was also killed and those who sent him they were kept quite cos they can be arrest .

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    • 9 July 2016 14:59, by Hardlinner

      Atak, what do you think when both camp employed illiterates as their bodyguards. that senseless fight happened because of indiscipline among both guards.

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  • 9 July 2016 12:29, by Eastern

    The lone Diamond 24 Austrian made surveillance and intelligence gathering aircraft is becoming another manace to Juba citizens - hovering the town day and night. Waste of resources by the dinkocrats fighting hard to protect the Kiir’s failing regime!!!!

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  • 9 July 2016 13:46, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Dear God, save the life’s of those innocent soldiers killed by Riek Machar, and those death should be accountable on deputy president masterminding.

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    • 9 July 2016 14:21, by choldit

      It may be a wait of time n energy to respond to some msges on this net. Why do u think only 35 pple out of 150 pple causalities in the last night incident at presidential palace. The SPLA-IO from day1 is on the right side of law n understood the tribal affiliated Spla-IG. HOWEVER, it become clear pres. Kiir is being uncleaned by a group of Dinka pple in his camp.

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  • 9 July 2016 17:47, by Eastern

    Carnage at South Sudan’s statehouse on the eve of its fifth independence. Shame on the cattle men!!!!!

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