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S. Sudan rebels warn civilians within military barracks


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 2017 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 2017 13:53, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

      God bless civilians.

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    • 8 August 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 14:15, by Newsudan

          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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 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 2017 15:16, by conservative

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

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  • 8 August 2017 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 2017 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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