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South Sudan rebels release seeven aid workers

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Non-food items distributing to IDPS by the UNHCR workers in Maridi on 4 March 2016 (ST Photo)

April 15, 2018 (JUBA) - The Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO) announced the release of seven aid workers upon directives from the group leader Riek Machar.

Recently the U.N. urged the SPLM-IO to release seven aid workers with the South Sudan Health Association (SSUHA) saying they were abducted on 25 March while delivering health supplies in Morobo county in Central Equatoria.

In a statement released on Sunday, Lam Paul Gabriel, the SPLM-IO deputy spokesperson said the release took place along the border with Uganda and in presence of security officials from the neighbouring country.

"This morning the 15/04/2018 at about 11:30 AM, the SPLA IO command of Div. 2B and the administration of Yei River State safely released seven (7) Aids workers with three vehicles to a delegation of the UNOCHA along the Uganda border in Koboko," said the rebel spokesperson.

He further said the handover was ordered by the SPLM-IO leader Machar who is still confined in South African but preparing to move to another country in the region, Tanzania probably.

SECURITY ISSUES

Gabriel said they captured the aid workers after discovering two South Sudanese security agents deployed in the rebel-held areas as humanitarians without elaborating on the matter.

"The seven workers were detained due to security issues concerning two of their colleagues who were discovered to be security agents of the regime intentionally deployed to carry out hostile surveillance on our controlled areas," he said.

He called on the humanitarian groups to avoid "being infiltrated" by the government security agencies.

On 10 April, the United Nations announced the death of two aid workers killed in separate attacks near Bentiu town in Unity region.

(ST)

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  • 15 April 21:57, by Mayendit

    Where are Jubaone, Choldit and Simon Malakal county?

    Just looks what I was telling the world that, all rebels operating in South Sudan should and must be punished and deny them, because they are far worst than the gov, in South Sudan. UNMISS, and others actors must come to conclusion that, these rebels in South Sudan are not only making thing worst but also they are killing innocents citizens.

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    • 16 April 06:57, by Midit Mitot

      Mayendit,

      You are now talking on vacuum, you never know the reality.

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    • 16 April 13:15, by jubaone

      Mayendit,
      These were jienge snitches, spies and hirelings. But see how civilized and humanely IO is. This is clear confirmation that the jienge criminals only control some towns and the opposition is there to stay. Ask the Juba mayor, Mr. Salvatore Mayardit.

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  • 15 April 22:20, by Mayendit

    Jubaone, Choldit you should be a shames for supporting bad rebels who kills Air workers, innocents people by the Roadside.
    Can you guys thinks about what we can do as the people of the new nation? I mean the whole population should not be focusing about political issue. The image of South Sudan nation is stunning damaged by those rebels and not the gov, which you hated most. Stop supports wars.

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    • 16 April 03:10, by Malakal county Simon

      Mayarndit/slave

      Lack of understanding from you in regard to this statement colud be the issue here.

      The article clearly stated the 7 aid workers were arrested because 2 of them were identified as a security agents working for South Sudan government while pretending to be humanitarian workers hahah.... This is a work irresponsible government....

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      • 16 April 05:17, by Mayendit

        Malakal Simon Nyagat county.

        These civilians are absolutely have nothing to do with government Agent period. They have been taking hostage just because they wanted to take away Agency’s cars and murders them possibly just like what they have been doing in Northern Liech State, Akobo, Raga and many more others a cross the nation. You should a shameful on being anti anything for years.

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        • 16 April 07:36, by Koryom2

          Mr. Mayendit, just ignore these losers sir. Their aimless armed rebellion has long since been crushed on the ground. But these losers, thieves & traitors are being kept relevant by their sponsors from the US, the UK, their UN, their sleazy NGOs, their sleazy NGOs, their NGOs & their creepy allies in between as their ’blackmails & bargaining chips’ over our country & our people>>>

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          • 16 April 08:44, by Koryom2

            to come & loot our country like what the evils had done/are still doing here next door to our country; DRC, CAR, Libya, Mali, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine or

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            • 16 April 09:05, by Koryom2

              some of their creepy allies in between like the so-called eethiopia, North Sudan, the AU & some IGAD-PLUS countries that are like *Nigeria, Algeria, Chad, South Africa & Rwanda, these countries have no damn border to South Sudan with South Sudan & the South Sudanese people>>>>

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    • 16 April 18:30, by choldit

      Mayendit, u shld read the message again. U seem didn’t understand it. It reads the workers were arrested after recognised two govt of South Sudan 🇸🇸 Security personnel.

      If u intended to tell the truth, who shld be blamed for the arrest of the workers? If u swap the actors and the security personnel are SPLA io NSGIS members, what do u expect the govt shld do for them? Plse try to make sense.

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