S. Sudan rivals trade accusations over Upper Nile clashes

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October 15, 2016 (JUBA) - South Sudan’s rival factions have traded
accusations over clashes in their respective positions near the Upper
Nile capital, Malakal.

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Arms and light weapons have been used by both warring parties in South
Sudan to commit abuses (Photo courtesy of SSANSA)

The spokesperson of armed opposition forces under the command of
Johnson Olony in a statement issued a statement, claimed their
position in the west bank of Malakal town was attacked at about 6:00pm
by pro-government forces.

“Today evening at 6pm, our military positions near Wajwok and Lalo
villages had been attacked by SPLA forces stationed in respective
locations mentioned and heavy fighting is going on right now”, said
Brig. Gen. Nyagwal Ajak Dengkak in a statement.

He blamed the attack on government forces, further claiming that
pro-government forces had deployed helicopter gunships to Malakal town
with the view to reinforce ground forces with air cover should their
forces attempt to move on the town.

But the spokesman for South Sudan army, Lul Ruai Koang issued a
statement on Saturday, saying he was not aware of the clashes said to
have place near Malakal.

Koang claimed it was a tactic by the armed opposition forces allegedly
aimed at carrying out attacks in the area, stressing that government
forces were ready to control the situation in the event of security
threats to peoples’ lives and properties.

South Sudan’s peace accord, signed in 2015, is considered fragile
could derail the little progress so far made in recent months. The
deal ended over 20 months of war.

The young nation descended into war in mid-December 2013 after
President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of a coup

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced in
South Sudan’s worst ever violence since it broke away from Sudan in
July 2011.


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    16 October 09:23, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    Stretch them. Upper Nile, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Greater
Equatoria should make Kiir and his Jieng soldiers to task. He should
be made to accept and believe that South Sudan belongs to all tribes
who live in it and it is these people who decide the destiny of the
country and not Kiir and his JCE.

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    16 October 09:53, by White Nation

    Let Dinkia face it and very soon the Dinkia will be out in Malakal.

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