S. Sudan rebels warn civilians within military barracks

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August 7, 2017 (JUBA) - A senior rebel commander allied to South
Sudan’s armed opposition leader and former First-Vice President Riek
Machar has urged civilians living within military barracks to
relocate.

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Lt. Gen. James Koang Chuol, in Unity state 25 February, 2013 (ST)

Lt. Gen James Koang Chuol, the rebels’ deputy chief of staff for
administration and finance, warned civilians, mainly women and
children residing inside or within military barracks to vacate the
area.

“This is to inform all civilians who are living with the soldiers from
their barracks to desist from it, in order to avoid from being caught
up in the fighting,” he told Sudan Tribune in a phone interview
Monday.

The warning follows renewed fighting between the country’s rival
forces in South Sudan’s oil-rich Unity state, north of the country.

According to the senior rebel, official, recent clashes between their
forces and the army at Tor-Abieth in the oil fields north of Unity
state left several civilians wounded and a number of them were
captured.

The majorities of those captured, he said, were women and children
living in barracks at Tor-Abieth, located west of Unity state oil
fields.

The armed opposition fighters claimed government forces have been
using civilians as human shields in their military barracks.

“I am urging the people of Unity state, especially women and children
who have been staying with soldiers in their barracks to immediately
stop living with them,” he stressed.

Meanwhile Koang confirmed the fall of Pagak, a town located on South
Sudan’s border with Ethiopia to government forces on Sunday.

“It is not the end of our rebellion if Pagak town is taken by the
government today. Our struggles still continue and being defeated
today is not the end of everything, it is part of the war” he said.

Paul Lam, the deputy spokesman of the armed opposition fighters said
their forces in Pagak were forced to withdraw from the town after
government forces launched a ground attack supported by air cover
using heavy weapons, despite the presence of civilians.

“Because of the artillery and bombardments, our forces decided to pull
out from Pagak to avoid civilians being caught up in the cross fire.
Now the government is controlling Pagak. It was an unprovoked attack,
which is a clear violation of the ceasefire they claimed to have
declared in May,” said Lam in a statement issued on Monday.

“Now you wonder why the same party which claimed to have issued
unilateral ceasefire launched attacks,” he added.

Santo Domic, deputy spokesman of the government forces confirmed the
presence of government forces in Pagak, the main rebel-controlled
town, located at the South Sudan-Ethiopia border.

He claimed the South Sudanese forces responded to an attack carried
out on the government held positions in the area by armed opposition
SPLA-IO of the former Vice President Riek Machar, resulting in the
defeat and subsequent takeover of their headquarters during hot
pursuit operations on Sunday.

“When fighting breaks out and one retreats, the other ensures the
retreating party is pursued to a point that it would not have the
capability to make another comeback," he said.

The South Sudanese civil war is a conflict in South Sudan between
forces of the government and opposition forces. In December 2013,
President Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a
coup d’état. Since then, tens of thousands of people have been killed
and nearly two million displaced in the country’s worst-ever violence
after it seceded from Sudan.

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    8 August 07:47, by Lenin Bull

    These empty threats wouldn’t work. NGUNDAENG’s IO is a spent force
like LRA in Uganda, Alqeida in Afghanistan, and UNITA in Angola. Who
are you kidding folks? James Koang Chol and this villager called Simon
Gatwech Dual are either dead or terribly wounded and disabled and are
sitting idly in khartoum and cannot fight anybody. Fools.

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        8 August 13:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

        God bless civilians.

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        8 August 16:40, by Free at Last Viva!

        Lenin Bull,

        Do not celebrate while you don’t know the reality on the
ground. your government always lied to you. Pagak was not captured. I
am advising you now to listen to the good news at around Pagak and
embrace them. You have been fooled; your soldiers are now on the run
now in Ethiopia as refugees. You are a shame to this great nation,
South Sudan. Riek machar is your savior. just accept him!

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    8 August 07:52, by Lenin Bull

    Don’t use scare-crows in real war like ours in South Sudan by
mentioning dead soldiers and generals like James Chuol Ranley and this
villager made mocking chief of staff Simon Gatwech Dual. This strategy
wouldn’t scare or deter the SPLA from cleaning the country up from
your mad messes. Keep on deceiving yourselves folks.

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        8 August 07:58, by Newsudan

        at least all South Sudanese should read Isaiah 18.we will be
fighting to the end of world.

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            8 August 13:42, by Nairobimitot

            new Sudan
            If you know Isaiah, you would not want to be a rebel.
Isaiah does not know what you are talking about because his fight was
different and it was not about Nuer. He was a white man, and he was
not talking about Nuer. The people of South Sudan do not know what you
are talking about, and the country of South Sudan does not know what
you are talking about because you are offering fighting and killing of
young kids. You need to set your mind straight. South Sudan has 64
tribes, and all of them are strong and have smart children equally.
Pagak was captured by all of 64 tribes of South Sudan including the
Nuer. Nobody knows what you are talking about and Isaihs will never
help you on your fighting. Isaiah fighting was very different. In
fact, your headquarter is captured with the support of Isaiah. No more
blood shed, enough is enough, ignorant.

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                8 August 14:15, by Newsudan

                Nairobimitot
                am not a rebel,any critics of govt is called rebels.
where on earth,a govt without opposition, but funny enough national
security is use to killed citizens instead of protecting them a then
copycat of Khartoum regime.

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        8 August 08:19, by Resolution

        the capture of pagak will never resolves the issue of economic
crisis and shall not change the behaviour of our sitting president for
examples mistreating other tribes including Awielian community loyal
to Malong. after Pagak, Malong will be hang believe me or not peace is
only option for south Sudanese.

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    8 August 08:01, by Lenin Bull

    Get this news: Nuer-IO soldiers are running away from whole
Equatoria region flushed out by NASA for defiling that region with
empty meaningless rebellion. Shilluk-IO soldiers are surrendering
daily to government forces in Kodok-Fashoda State, Pagak is captured,
Sudan burned down refugee camps in White Nile State because of Nuer
hooliganism in those camps,etc.

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    8 August 08:10, by Lenin Bull

    NewSudan you have pig skull.Isaiah 18 was not meant for this IO
meaningless war driven superstition and tribal hatred towards Dinka
nation and the whole country. Isaiah 18 has no hints at all on this
meaningless fratricide conflict among tall black skin and brave people
whom Isaiah put on one side and invading foreigners on the other. Read
the Bible well. This is not easy corrupted NGUNGAENG thing

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        8 August 08:32, by Newsudan

        Lenin Bull
        You never understood me
        Isaiah seemed to have seen endless war we are going through,
no rest at all.perhaps, he mean it,but there is light at the end of
tunnel, Isaiah 18:7 a time is coming,.....

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    8 August 15:13, by conservative

    Who do they warning the kids and women instead directly to the
government women and children in south sudan always victims and after
we had our independent I’ve seen so much challenge coming from North
to destabilize south sudan and I guess no one realize that and some
has been brain wash go be that by force is right no it don’t work that
way and now this days both gov and rebels have to work

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    8 August 15:16, by conservative

    Out through dialog that’s the only to save life’s

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    8 August 16:45, by Free at Last Viva!

    Pagak is not Captured, and it will never be captured. yesterday
and last week, it was Maiwut that was captured, and today is Pagak.
where/what else will you talk about if Pagak will fail to be captured?

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    9 August 01:08, by john locke

    These kiir cheerleaders still believe that pagak was captured..
kiirs soldiers where chased to the ethiopian border where they where
disarmed by the ethiopian military

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