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S. Sudan army plans major offensives in Equatoria region: official


May 9, 2017 (JUBA)- South Sudan army (SPLA) is planning a full-scale attack on positions held by rebel forces in the Greater Equatoria region, a senior government official told Sudan Tribune on Tuesday.

Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) soldiers singing pro-war song (AFP file photo)

The official, who asked not to be named, said Gen. Santino Deng Wol was deploying thousands of soldiers around Kajo-Keji and another parts of Imatong state to dislodge the armed rebel forces.

Rebels allied to ex-first vice president, Riek Machar have been fighting with government in the Equatoria region since 8 July, 2016.

For the last six months, however, the rebels group has regained more territories in Equatoria region, with control mainly in the rural areas.

The rebel group’s deputy spokesperson, Lam Paul Gabriel confirmed to Sudan Tribune plans by pro-government forces to attack their positions.

Lam claimed their intelligence has intercepted the movement of government forces as clashes occurred in areas of Jale along the Kajo-Keji and Moyo border in Uganda.

“A join operation composed of SPLA-IO forces from Brigade 4B, Pageri Brigade and Brigade 4A Commanded by Lt. Col. Logo was carried out against the government militias based in Jale along Kajo keji and Moyo border yesterday at about 10:00 am. Ten enemies were killed, one captured alive and many wounded. The remaining enemy forces crossed to Moyo area in Uganda,” he told Sudan Tribune.

He rebel’s deputy spokesperson accused government forces of committing atrocities in Jalimo last month, where he claims SPLA targeted and killed civilians while crossing to Uganda for safety.

Sudan Tribune could, however, not independently verify claims made by the rebels.

Meanwhile, Lam urged the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), African Union, the United Nations and the International community to stop Juba regime from “committing crimes on innocent civilians”.

He warned that continued attacks on the areas currently being held by the armed opposition would escalate the war in the country.

“The SPLA-IO has the capacity to restore law and order in South Sudan, in light of the region’s collusion with the genocidal regime and the failure of African leaders and the world to act, with the SPLA-IO would be left with no choice rather than taking full war,” stressed Lam.

War-torn South Sudan has witnessed renewed clashes between forces loyal to South Sudan President Salva Kiir and the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) backing the country’s First Vice-President Riek Machar, in spite of the August 2015 peace agreement.

Up to 50, 000 civilians in South Sudan’s Upper Nile region are at imminent risk of human rights violations as government troops close in, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein warned.


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  • 10 May 2017 10:15, by Midit Mitot

    Look! they are planning kill innocents citizens of Equatoria region, and they are confusing the whole world that they want to launch an offensive against rebels.

    • 11 May 2017 16:47, by deng kual acot

      South Sudan army lacks potentials and integrity in operation. They are again going to offer freely those arms in their hands to the Rebels and back on civilians for consolation. why not negotiation with the rebels and which National Diologue that the president talks of? Be sincere to gain and build trust of all in South Sudan. War in a coat of National Diologue? horrible and shame.

  • 10 May 2017 10:33, by Makana Abuk

    Are you sure the are civilians? You dress them in civilian clothes, armed them and attack both government and road users and you claim that they are civilians. What a lie! You must face the music.

    • 10 May 2017 12:10, by jubaone

      Makana wele Jerdal Abuk,

      was it not the cowardly jienges who after defeats by IO along Juba-Nimule road started using civilian buses, and dressed up as peasants etc.? watchout. Even those killed along Juba-Bor were nyor militias and so the oposition knew their movements and gunned them down. You want action, there is action! eye4ey, tooth4tooth, blood4blood. That simple.

      • 10 May 2017 12:26, by PEACE FOR ALL

        I have never seen an idiot person like you in my life.
        you claimed that those who were killed along Juba-Bor road are soldiers in civilian cloths. shame on you. they are all innocent women, children and civilians. their souls will hunt those who did that barbaric act. they have nothing to do either with the government or IOs. tribalism will never hand you anything. think twice.

  • 10 May 2017 15:02, by anyanya1

    Peace for all;
    If you’re not stupid, those got killed in juba-bor road are civilians and those who been killed in equatoria are rebels even they are civilian, OK let face these mess everyone from your Dinka is rebel for us let’s do this.

  • 10 May 2017 20:07, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Anyanya1, killing innocent civilian in high ways because they are dinka by tribe, will take you nowhere.

  • 10 May 2017 20:19, by Sunday Junup

    Garang Akeen,
    When you killed non Dinka civilian, you claim that they are rebels but when Dinka soldiers lost battle they claim civilian are kill. What a mess?

    • 10 May 2017 22:03, by Don-Don Malith Rual

      Killing have been beaten up nowadays even loosing humans lives
      Folks arguably made it a blame games.This is a completely madness,this brutality must STOP,I haven’t seen Nation arising up against one another in the name of "interest groups"or bourgeoisie See how the all whole perceived you!Do we really reflect back,how far we have come from 1956-2011

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