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Deadly clashes between rival forces in Juba

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July 7, 2016 (JUBA) – Fighting has erupted between South Sudanese army (SPLA) and the opposition forces of the SPLA-IO in the national capital, Juba, this evening.

A SPLA soldier stands in front of a vehicle in Juba on December 20, 2013. (Photo Reuters/Goran Tomasevic)

Spokesman of the SPLM-IO’s leader, Riek Machar, said clashes occurred at Lou Clinic on Gudele road when SPLA forces attacked their vehicle carrying soldiers of their protection unit.

“Yes, there was fighting at 8:00pm between 10 soldiers of our protection unit and forces loyal to President Salva Kiir. They attacked our vehicle carrying the soldiers. A number of people were killed on their side and one wounded on our side,” said James Gatdet Dak.

“Although the clashes have stopped, the situation has remained tense as we speak. They want to resume the attack on our forces,” he added, saying, “It will not be surprising if they attack again. The situation is tense.”

Calm has returned to the South Sudanese capital, Juba, after tension on Wednesday when two opposition forces snatched each other’s military vehicles forcefully.

The Thursday clashes followed Wednesday incident in which official sources confirmed to Sudan Tribune that a military vehicle carrying two security officers of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO) under the command of the first vice president, Riek Machar, was stopped on the road on Wednesday and taken away by force by soldiers belonging to the SPLA loyal to President Salva Kiir.

The vehicle was stopped on Gudele road; its passengers told to get out of the car which was driven away by members of the South Sudanese army.

Soldiers of the SPLA-IO based in the outskirts of Juba in response went to rescue their colleagues in the town but found that the car was already taken away to a military base.

In retaliation, the SPLA-IO soldiers stopped a military pick up truck carrying soldiers of the SPLA, surrounded it and told the soldiers to get out of the vehicle by force. The soldiers complied and their vehicle was taken to the SPLA-IO base at Jebel Kujur as compensation.

The situation reportedly nearly caused violence between the two opposition forces on Wednesday in Juba.

Dak accused SPLA forces loyal to President Kiir of working to incite violent conflict between the two rival forces in the capital.

“It was a clear attempt to provoke a violent situation,” he said, adding that the SPLA-IO forces on their part have been respecting the peace agreement.

Dak said the Thursday incident was “another unfortunate provocation” despite that two of their officers were also killed by the SPLA military intelligence and national security personnel days ago.

SPLA spokesperson was not replaceable for comment on these developments.

The two forces of the rival armies [SPLA and SPLA-IO] are supposed to co-exist in the national capital as part of the implementation of the transitional security arrangements in providing security and protection in Juba.

However, the implementation of the August 2015 peace deal to end 21 months of civil war has faced challenges, including non-cooperation between the two forces in Juba and non-implementation of the security arrangements across the country.

(ST)

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  • 7 July 2016 22:05, by chuol

    Traitor Taban Deng and his new husband Salva Kiir will never be able to eliminate I.O in juba. Taban coordinated the incident....... Thank u bravo Lt. Col Riw Manguet Gatnyamutlelluoy..

    • 8 July 2016 07:25, by Akuma

      Chuol,

      IO will regret their mistake of attacking SPLA forces who are checking illegal guns to reduces insecurity in Juba. But because SPLM-IO forces are part of insecurity as Unknown gunmen....they begin shooting SPLA forces. So wait and no more route for Riek Machar and his SPLM-IO to run away again

      • 8 July 2016 08:47, by Eastern

        Akuma,

        Who told you that illegal guns in Juba are only carried in vehicles plying the roads. Why don’t they also check homes and hotel rooms in Juba and its environs. That plane hovering over Juba last night won’t help everybody when hell breaks out loose!!!!!!

  • 8 July 2016 00:29, by chuol

    6 IG soldiers dead.
    Shame on Taban for selling his comrades only bcz he was not given petroleum ministry...Is Dak Duop not a human ya Garjiok?
    Son of Arab

  • 8 July 2016 02:33, by Odingo

    General Taban Deng is on our side. He couldn’t go to Kiir side because the sons of Minytuil Wicjang gonna hang him for the hanging of Maliiny Kawaay. Many more people gonna die very soon. It is already another civil war. within 24 hours you gonna hear another different attack. Dammn Nation running by chaoyoters

  • 8 July 2016 06:00, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Oh God, hear us. I am praying to God to help people in non stop violence In Juba,
    But James Gatdet Dak, is fueling the situation where there is no body from SPLA-IG killed by SPLA-IO.

    • 8 July 2016 08:52, by Eastern

      Ayuiu,

      Leave God out this mess caused by SPLA! It’s SPLA killing its own people. That Bonga bus at the road in front of Lou clinic was not carrying SPLA (Kiir or Riek faction) but poor South Sudanese! Blame it all on SPLA, leave God alone!!!!

  • 8 July 2016 08:52, by William Atak Garang.

    I appeal to the Government & SPLA IO to put down their interests and bad adamant against each other and work for the sake of the innocent civilians who currently suffering from diseases, starvation & extra judiciary killing from both side. The derailing of peace will jeopardize the region and may allow the former enemy to hijack our land.

    • 8 July 2016 09:09, by jubaone

      Who cares! Lets destroy this country first, with each going back to his luak, then each again will have to rebuild his own backyard. The jienge cant expect Equatorians to go and clean their shit. Equatorians, keep the cool and when the time comes, finish the rest of the mathiang nyoors

  • 8 July 2016 12:02, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Eastern
    Riek Machar, must be accountable about all mess since day one he landed in Juba on 26th April 2016.

    • 8 July 2016 16:03, by Mapuor

      War has already started in Juba.Yesterday’s attack was a planned and coordinated attack by Nyagats of Dr Riek Machar.More attacks are underway and the SPLA should be vigilant as they are the first targets.Dr Riek Machar knows that he has already failed and would want to plunge the country into yet another deadly war.



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