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Heavy fighting resumes in Juba between rival S. Sudanese forces

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A military tank patrols along one of the main roads in the South Sudanese capital Juba December 16, 2013 (Reuters Photo)

July 10, 2016 (JUBA) – Heavy fighting has resumed in the South Sudanese capital, Juba, between rival forces that concluded a peace agreement in August last year.

The clashes occurred this morning at around 8:00am at Jebel site, the base of the opposition faction of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA-IO), which is also the residence of the first vice president, Riek Machar.

Officials and eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that a force loyal to President Salva Kiir attacked the opposition’s General Headquarters where their chief of general staff, General Simon Gatwech Dual, is based.

“Our forces have come under heavy attack this morning. President Salva Kiir’s forces launched the attack,” said James Gatdet Dak, press secretary for the First Vice President, Machar.

Jebel site is about 5 kilometers away from the Presidential Palace, or J1, in Juba city center.

Dak said the attacking forces had been repulsed and chased back into the capital center, near the national security service building.

However, he warned that the situation may further escalate if such attacks continued, accusing forces loyal to President Salva Kiir of either not able to control their forces or were intentionally provoking a return to a full scale war.

The opposition leader’s spokesman however said the SPLA-IO and the entire leadership of the SPLM-IO are for peace and the implementation of the peace agreement, and not interested in return to war.

The South Sudanese army spokesperson was not reachable for comment.

Gunfire could also be heard close to the military barrack south of the presidential palace, less than two walking minutes from the country’s main university of Juba, forcing residents to flee for their lives.

Tanks and heavy artillery from the presidential palace drove through Buluk, the headquarters of police and Hai Thoura residential area towards the Jebel site where heavy exchange of gunfire were being heard.

Five people have been reported shots in cross fire at the United Nation protection site in Juba, according to residents who speak to Sudan Tribune this morning.

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  • 10 July 2016 10:03, by barbayo

    this is rebel among themselves are fighting they disagreed

    • 10 July 2016 11:20, by jubaone

      Barbayo,

      I told yesterday that you would expect something today. Read <radiotamazuj.org> and you notice all roads to and out of Juba closed. You should now prepare to Exile yourself for good out of Juba and Equatoria. Keep waiting for fresh News out of Juba.

    • 10 July 2016 12:05, by jubaone

      Barbayo,

      The jienge SPLA is now split between Kiir and Malong supporters. Even in Bilpam, things are out of control where there is no SPLA-IO. This is going to be final war and already SPLA-IO gunners are closing on to Juba tonight. wait for updates. One of the 3 helicopters of the SPLA already downed around Jebel Kujur.

      • 10 July 2016 12:16, by Khent

        jubaone

        Somebody get this deluded idiot a straight jacket. These laughable assertions are continuously sent out into emission only to be denied or avoided when the day passes.

        • 10 July 2016 18:20, by jubaone

          Khent,

          So you´re another jienge just out of hibernation? Things are cooking well in Juba for you. It was Wau, now Juba, sadly though only in non-jienge towns. Afterall all jienge villages and so-called towns were deserted long due to hunger and so there´s nothing to fight for. They have to now fight for survival in Juba or else.

          • 10 July 2016 18:52, by Khent

            jubaone

            Ah, so all the Dinka towns and villages have been "deserted"? ROFL! Oh and don’t make a fool of yourself by issuing these ridiculous threats unless you’re actually willing to risk your life. Talking smack on the net will not achieve anything.

            • 10 July 2016 23:18, by jubaone

              Khent,

              You should be grateful, that you are enjoying those social benefits in the West as one of those legendary "lost boys". When did you last vist your village, I mean luak if any? There are no people except the elderly, sick and poor whose relatives perhaps did not steal any government monies to let them come to Juba.

              • 10 July 2016 23:59, by Khent

                Jubaone

                You’re projecting, as usual. You assume that others are just as lethargic, worthless, uninspired and grubby as you so obviously are - and so you accuse them of being "benefits" recipients. You remarked on my absense and yet you’re most likely here daily. It’s obvious who the welfare queen is. Run along now little ’man’. Run, Forest, run.

      • 10 July 2016 12:36, by Hardlinner

        Juba one it is better for you to join one side such that you sense the effects of war. your jungle mentality will never bare fruits. the illiterates from kiir and Riek shares the same mindset. they are my people, i understand better than you do. as one of tribal personal from one of these groups, i can’t hand pick who start this senseless war, but they are both responsible.

        • 10 July 2016 18:23, by jubaone

          Hardliner,

          I dont give a shit, if you continued to kill yourselves in your luaks. We Equatorians are better-off without you. So just confine this shit in your areas and I shall keep quite.

  • 10 July 2016 10:06, by barbayo

    the Raik Machar Benitu sons attacked Getwach Dual as from Lou Nuer they disagreed with Raik.

    • 10 July 2016 10:34, by Mr Point

      Tanks and heavy artillery from the presidential palace drove through Buluk, the headquarters of police and Hai Thoura residential area towards the Jebel site where heavy exchange of gunfire were being heard.

      • 10 July 2016 10:36, by Mr Point

        "Officials and eye witnesses told Sudan Tribune that a force loyal to President Salva Kiir attacked the opposition’s General Headquarters where their chief of general staff, General Simon Gatwech Dual, is based.

        “Our forces have come under heavy attack this morning. President Salva Kiir’s forces launched the attack,” said James Gatdet Dak, press secretary for the First Vice President, Machar."

  • 10 July 2016 10:13, by Joseph Canada

    This tribe to tribe war in the nation of 64 tribes must stop.

    • 10 July 2016 10:20, by barbayo

      Joseph Canada
      this is not tribe to tribe,this morning are rebels themselves up to now the government want away to withdraw Raik Machar out in fighting rebel disagreed themselves .

  • 10 July 2016 11:13, by Eastern

    Break down in command and control among the SPLA rival forces in Juba is a major concern. Civilian life is in very great danger...

  • 10 July 2016 11:40, by William Atak Garang.

    The fighting will mark the collapsed of peace in our region since the war is out of control! what a suffering nation. Oh God help your innocent people who are being killed by the superpowers in South Sudan.

  • 10 July 2016 11:58, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    The fighting that took place at J1 was a pre-planned assassination attempt to kill Riek Machar. It failed. Now it has come out clearly Salva Kiir is not ready for peace that is just. We see how his tribal dynasty will last in South Sudan that is composed of 64 ethnic groups. The attack on Jebel Kujur is the beginning of the end of the peace agreement unless devine intervention occurs to put a stop

    • 10 July 2016 14:20, by Hardlinner

      Jur, pls stop your bullshit. both leaders didn’t even know what was going on between their respective guards. we r certainly dealling with people who do not adhere to rule of engagement. they simply r indiscipline villagers who do not understand what laws meant. if both camp aren’t idiots, they should deal with first incident which led to death of former MI captain and death of 5 SPLA soldiers.

  • 10 July 2016 12:20, by Mr Point

    Riek survived the assassination attempt of 2013.
    Riek survived the assassination attempt of Friday.

    How long before Riek’s luck runs out?

    How long before Kiir’s luck runs out and Paul Malong takes all power in the failed state of South Sudan?

    • 10 July 2016 18:27, by Lotodo Awino Odug

      nobody wants to harm Riek Machar please!! stop your nonsense.

  • 10 July 2016 19:03, by Ayuiu Makuac Lam

    Government cannot attack spla-io because they are people wants peace to be axist.



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