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S. Sudan’s warring parties clash in Mayom county

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January 31, 2015 (BENTIU) – Fresh clashes occurred Friday between South Sudan army forces (SPLA) and the armed opposition faction in Unity state’s Mayom county, a rebel official said.

Rebel fighters aligned with former vice-president Riek Machar gather in a village in South Sudan’s Upper Nile state on 8 February 2014 (Photo: Goran Tomasevic/Reuters)

Lt. Peter Riek Gew, a spokesperson for the rebels in Unity state, said the SPLA had launched deadly attacks on civilians south of Mayom, a claim Sudan Tribune could not verify.

According to Gew, the SPLA also attacked their base in the Wiechok and Buoth areas.

He said the attack was a violation of several agreements signed by both warring parties, including the ceasefire as well as the re-unification accord recently inked in Arusha, Tanzania.

“Our position is very clear, we never crossed an inch into government controlled areas, but forces of president Salva Kiir have continued to violate the agreements,” the rebel spokesperson said by phone.

According to Gew, the armed opposition forces responded to aggressions on their territory, but did not counter attack the SPLA.

Details on what transpired during the clashes could not easily be established.

The clashes came as president, Salva Kiir and his former deputy, Riek Machar engaged in face-to-face talks mediated by regional leaders at the sideline of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Unity state capital Bentiu has changed hands several times between rebels and the SPLA. The United Nations accused both sides of killing hundreds in the region last year.

The conflict, now in its second year, has killed thousands of people and displaced nearly two million within and into neighboring nations.

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  • 1 February 2015 14:19, by garang kerubino

    No alternative war must be the solution so that Riek can be defeated military in this country like what happened in 2002. there was no peace signed between Riek and Dr. John Garang but he was military defeated. move on Bravo SPLA and capture many town from Riek he will surrender soon.

    • 1 February 2015 19:31, by Mayom County Boy

      Sudantribune please you must differentiate wichok payam and mayom county’s town headquarter,so fighting took place in wichok payam ,between rebels forces and forces under command of Gattop Majuot Kuoy,its just a small clashes that took two hours,the government forces are still in full control of wangkiey payam.



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