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A rocket is launched by SPLA forces from the back of a military vehicle at Mathiang near Bor, South Sudan, January 26, 2014. (Reuters Photo)
July 15, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan government has denied violating a declared unilateral ceasefire but admitted launching a military offensive to drive away "anti-peace elements" at the vicinity of oil producing areas in the Upper Nile region.

Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth said in a statement broadcast by the state owned South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation on Friday evening that the government was fighting to protect resources at risk of being disrupted from exploitation by rebel forces.

“There are people saying the government is violating the ceasefire which has been declared. This is not true. We are not fighting the SPLM-IO. The SPLA forces are fighting anti-peace elements causing havoc posing threats to the oil producing areas. The government has the duty to protect the resources,” said Lueth.

On Friday, SPLM-IO officials told Sudan Tribune that the attacks displaced over 30,000 civilians who arrived in the rebel stronghold of Pagak, adding that the government forces continue attacks on their positions in the Upper Nile region.

“Over 30,000 internally displaced persons have arrived in Pagak in the first two days of the offensive and the number increases by hours,” said Tut Rom commissioner of the rebel controlled Jotome area.

He further said 50,000 IDPs from Yom, Mathiang and Malual counties are gathering in Torbar, Panomdejop and Nyalonglong villages as they are in dire need of humanitarian assistance.

The head of the U.N. mission in South Sudan David Shearer earlier this week said thousands of civilians have been displaced in several areas of the Upper Nile as soldiers approaching towards the rebels’ base in the town of Pagak, in the north-eastern part of the country near the Ethiopian border.

Shearer further confirmed that there has been heavy fighting around Mathiang, north of Pagak between the government and opposition fighters loyal to exiled force first vice president Riek Machar.

“Reports suggest that the government forces are now in and around Mathiang and approaching the town of Maiwut which is about 25 kilometres north-west of Pagak., he added.

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  • 15 July 22:32, by Kush Natives

    IO forces MUST give up hope of war and surrender peaceful. There will solution to IO bandits only surrendered. Why are they rebels still insisting on violence? Don’t they feel ashamed when innocent civil populations in control areas are suffering in the maximum? What a uselessness!

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  • 15 July 22:46, by Nairobimitot

    Kush, why are you asking IO People those questions when you already know who they are and what they do. You know that the people, are traumatized and are primitive. They have no sense of Unity. The reason of that is that they do not know that when ever the flag is raised, there is a sense of unity and a different way of life that is based on finding the meaning of unity.

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    • 15 July 22:49, by Nairobimitot

      Kush
      Somebody like you need to teach people how important it is to have Unity. Do not give up on your people, even though you are a Dinka; it does not mean that you have to give up your other part of South Sudan. You need to find and create ways to divert their attention by first showing a good example. These rebels are children, and what they need it to beat them up and give them the food.

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  • 15 July 23:40, by Theone

    The whole family of Riek Machar are living in comfortable live abroad,while illiterate young boys are dying for Riek Hotels.

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    • 15 July 23:55, by john akeen

      Don’t you know that they are so stupid

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  • 15 July 23:59, by john locke

    How can any of you criticize riek machar. The same man whos been fighting to free you of this evil regime. This man fought the arabs to free you while youre moronic leader garang tried to fignt for a united sudan. The io is the movement of the people by the people. The people trust them so much that they flee to them as you can see.

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    • 16 July 00:03, by Theone

      Even you don’t believe what you are saying.

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  • 16 July 00:10, by john locke

    Theone, i whole believe what i say without a doubt. The people are running to the io strong hold arnt they? What does that tell you if they run to the io instead of the government side? They dont trust the government just like i dont. May e if your jiang leader kiir steps down we can give peace a chance. The man declared a cease fire and is still fighting in uppernile

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    • 16 July 01:54, by john akeen

      Stupid man name John Locke
      let me ask you some simple question, did you Rebels accepted president Kiir ceasefire and the ND? Yes or no answer me, and also let me tell you something about people when they hear a gun sound; When people hear a lot of guns sounds, they run away from it and they will run to any place even if that place it’s full of lions. I think the people that who runs>>

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      • 16 July 02:09, by john akeen

        to Rebels areas are very stupid people "why" because if you know government is looking for Rebels and wanted to copter every area that Rebels had controlled, than what’s make you think that Rebels controlled area is safe and you know gov will get to those areas to fight Rebels. I think some of our people S Sudanese they got used to run or they just doing that stupid running just for UN free food

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    • 16 July 05:54, by Dinka-Defender-General

      JOHN LOCKE, you should be a wise like the name you took as thinker called John Locke, but I guess you are Machar brainwashed supporter with empty mind to think critically and logically. Let me tell you what you are not getting. Citizens are being forced to run to rebel by Machar supporters or rebel forces. They are using citizens as a shield. This is what you don’t get.

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  • 16 July 02:25, by john locke

    We will never accept the fake peace by the government. Just look at how they declared a cease fire and broke it. Kiirs government is made up of liars. The men he senr to fight all defected.. 72 were killed and the rest defected becausw they realized that kiir was sending them to fight their nuer brothers. Kiir must go. We will never accept dialogue or cease fire

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    • 16 July 04:05, by john akeen

      President Kiir declared ceasefire with who and why are you complaining if you don’t want to accept it? and why are you always talking about his ceasefire declaration if you are not part of it?... President Kiir called on all the SSudanese People for national dialogue to talk about all the mistakes and also declared a ceasefire so that way people can sleep better at night without a gun sound>>

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      • 16 July 04:27, by john akeen

        so tell me what did Riek Machar do for the people of south sudan people to get rest other than refusing and complaining when things gets real. John Locke stop complaining you and your stupid minded commanders. And civilians you need to know that bullet is blind and you need to that government is the government and they will never stop looking for criminals

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  • 16 July 04:13, by john locke

    The national dialogue is fske. Look at how he hand picked who he wants in it. Kiir is an idiot. You sound like the kind of person to deny the 2013 nuer massacre. So are you denying that the nuer massacre happened and that kiir was who committed this massacre? Or was it rieks fault like you jiang like to claim

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    • 16 July 04:49, by john akeen

      Who massacred Dinka Bor in 1991 isn’t Riek Machar? And why are you so serious on Dinka people? Did you forget north sudan that they massacred more than 2.5M South Sudanese people or you just care about Nuer trip? Brother, Americans they used to call on Japanese for peace, but Japanese they used to refuse Americans call for peace, so just think about it if you know that story

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  • 16 July 05:03, by john locke

    We will never sign peace with a man who killed innocent nuer people and innocent south sudanese. What happened in 91 was good, the jiang needed someone to kill them after continually gkilling nuer. If gadet yaka aever come to power you jiang will miss riek

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    • 16 July 06:58, by john akeen

      Anyways you want war and I wan peace, but not only for myself but for all the people Ss, but I tell you what, you will regret what you’re calling for, when Eq realized that they don’t have anything available for you to help you with anymore, and believe me Eq will leave you for peace very soon, believe me on that

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  • 16 July 05:05, by Nairobimitot

    The Civilians has the right to run away from the government and run to IO areas, but it won’t be long before they come back to their popular, respected zones of the state. The civilians have the right to run away from SPLA because they are terrifying to the civilians. The civilians still remember those days when SPLA was so frightening to the civilians. The SPLA will use its local and defense capability to bring its citizen back and to protect them from any rebels.

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  • 16 July 06:00, by Newsudan

    no official border between Juba and Khartoum. here we are just killing each other.South Sudan should learnt from Eritrea 1998 border war with Ethiopia. now Bashir is now waiting for right time to invade South Sudan.

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    • 16 July 11:36, by Redeemer

      They refused ceasefire for long and are trying to be of it on seeing nyornyor, don’t cry yet blame Riek

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      • 16 July 16:00, by Nairobimitot

        Redemer,
        That is a government of South Sudan. It is not what you think as a baby government and cattle from the village government. The way you think is not the government; it is your thinking which is very different from the SPLA to the government. Few generals in pagak and Maiwut are taking the cattle of civilians and goats and eat them on the spot. Besides, Those few general do not have any vision for Nuer or South Sudan as a whole. The only idea they know is Riek Machar. The SPLA, cannot wait for the destruction of the civilians property by the Rebels, It must go into Pagak and Open the border and build the HIgh Way from Ethiopia to Paloch so that economy grows and people go back to live.

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  • 16 July 17:59, by john locke

    Alot of tou in here sound like the supporters of this fake government. What has kiir done somce being sppointed leader of south sudan? Other than killing garang? Now hes killing nuer indiscriminately. The day that the nuer unite will be theday that the jiang regret. Believe me.

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    • 16 July 22:17, by Kush Natives

      ohn locke,
      I warned you in all objectivity of your desperate comments that you made here. FYI, you need to fix your English vocabularies first and foremost, because no one understand what you’re trying to say. All we see is "Nuer and Salva" I think you’re traumatized by hatred.

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  • 18 July 03:01, by Visa Haji Furoda

    Peace For All Human Kind of The World.

    Regards.

    Visa Haji Furoda

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