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S. Sudan rebels accuse Uganda of carrying out airstrikes in Upper Nile


July 22, 2017 (KAMPALA) – South Sudan’s armed opposition faction loyal to ex-First Vice President, Riek Machar claimed Ugandan warplanes carried out airstrikes on their base in Upper Nile state on Friday.

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Soldiers from the Uganda People Defense Forces (UPDF) patrol near the border, file photo (AFP)

The armed opposition spokesperson, Brig. General William Gatjiath Deng, said two heavily armed Ugandan gunships bombed a rebel outpost in Thochdeng in an alleged attempt to rescue pro-government forces.

“It was the late evening yesterday at around 3:30 PM, when the two Ugandan gunships accompanied by a white (MI) Helicopter that was not identified which company it comes from but later landed within two minutes near the enemy trenches while the two military gunships started bombardment on the SPLA-IO position at Thocdeng,” he said in a statement extended to Sudan Tribune.

He, however, explained that a response to the airstrikes from their forces on the ground forced the gunships to lose focus and disappear.

“The SPLA-IO artillery unit had excessively retaliated the air attack with (Zuu -23) until the two gunships went and bombarded randomly on the surrounding villages at Thocdeng,” said Gatjiath.

The airstrikes left no casualties, the armed opposition spokesperson stressed, adding that a least 37 pro-government soldiers were killed.

Sudan Tribune could not independently verify claims from the rebel spokesperson.

Meanwhile, the South Sudanese armed opposition spokesman also accused Kampala and Juba of orchestrating the plan to attack Maiwut and Pagak and warned that any attempt to capture Maiwut or Pagak would be a fatal mistake on the government side.

The rebel official called on the United Nations, African Union, and Troika countries to condemn Juba and Uganda over such attacks, which violates the unilateral ceasefire President Salva Kiir declared.

“We repeatedly keep informing the UN, AU, Troika and indeed international community to witness the ongoing belligerent triggered by the two notorious presidents against resuscitation of 2015 peace process in the war torn nation,” further said Gatjiath.

The airstrikes, if confirmed, come days after President Kiir met his Ugandan counterpart in an attempt to re-unite the various factions of the ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) party.

In May this year, three factions of South Sudan’s ruling party agreed in Kampala to set aside their differences and work out a roadmap to reunify the historical party.

The meeting was, however, boycotted by the armed opposition faction (SPLM-IO) led by South Sudan’s former First-Vice President, Riek Machar.

South Sudan was plunged into conflict in December 2013 as the rivalry between Kiir and his then-Vice President, Riek Machar, turned into a civil war. The fighting, which has often been along ethnic lines, triggered Africa’s worst refugee crisis, with over three million people fleeing their home


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  • 23 July 2017 08:02, by Malakal county Simon

    This is a proof beyond doubt that failed/unwanted president Kiir SPLA faction, is very weak and it’s always required UPDF help against strong SPLM_IO moment under people’s leader Dr machar hahah....

    Viva Freedom Fighters!!
    Viva South Sudanese!!
    Viva Dr Machar!!

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    • 23 July 2017 11:05, by Majesty

      SPLA has gunships, remember. You also don’t have enough information to prove beyond doubt there was bombings and that it’s Ugandans doing it. It could be Sudan or rain.

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      • 23 July 2017 13:14, by Malakal county Simon


        Learn how to tells the truth and please feel free, to feeds yourself with more evident below about what’s God-father Museveni to SPLM_IO....

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      • 24 July 2017 15:23, by jubaone

        It is common knwledge that jienges are not intelligent enough to Train and have MIG/helicopter pilots. For this, they have hired Ugandans or Ukranians. All jienges taken to SA and USA from 2012-2014 failed their preliminary tests and were sent back for poor performance. Even today, jienges still fear mathematics and physics and run to do business admin or law, such weak sciences.

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  • 23 July 2017 09:10, by Eastern

    It that indeed happen, any respond by the lethal ZU-23-2 can be cause for concern to any pilot. No pilot will ignor those fast flying 23mm of steel rounds whizzing in the air in their hundreds!!!

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    • 23 July 2017 11:59, by South South

      SPLA has many gunships, the all world knows that expect a few stupid dying of Reik’s IO. Why do they cry to the world to rescue them in they have guns to fight back? Really, OI of Riek is talking about unilateral ceasefire, do your part first stupid loser gangs and then point your dirty fingers to SPLA. We are talking about Pagak, your last strong hold, this shows us that you are dying wicked.

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      • 23 July 2017 12:45, by Eastern

        Read my comment...I wrote and I quote..It[f] that indeed happen[ed], any respond by the lethal ZU-23-2 can be cause for concern to any pilot. No pilot will ignor those fast flying 23mm of steel rounds whizzing in the air in their hundreds!!! My satisfaction is primarily drawn from the respond on the ground force using ZU-23-2 autocannon at their disposal. I know what that gun is capable of doing.

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      • 23 July 2017 12:51, by Eastern

        Nobody disputes the fact that SPLA has numerous gunships but the issue here is the latest sorties carried out by a foreign force. This was probably an attack by jetfighter from Gulu airbase in northern Uganda (with a longer range) than a helicopter gunship (with a shorter range). It’s goo that those attacked have the means to keep those air attacks at bay. That’s what makes me happy!!

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        • 23 July 2017 17:49, by South South

          Riek’s IO spoke person is talking about two gunships, but something from Diaspora is talking about jetfighter. One person is telling lies, who is that?

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          • 23 July 2017 20:14, by Eastern

            South South,

            Get your facts right! Read my comments and refer to the report from your so called RIek’s IO spoksperson...I don’t dwell on semantics or emotions. I am happy that I keep you on your toes...!!!

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  • 23 July 2017 13:41, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

    M7 Uganda has played a positive role in the struggle for independence of South Sudan with a vision in mind of setting up a buffer zone along its border with South Sudan due to fear of LRA ferocious attacks believed to have had their bases in South Sudan. It is therefore noteworthy to view M7Uganda relations with that country for their interests only. M7 is happy to

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    • 23 July 2017 13:50, by jur_likang_a_ likan’g

      have South Sudan bleed eternally as long as those interests are safeguarded. Salva Kiir is ready to give Uganda anything as a token of appreciation for M7 work as long as he remains in power and M7 closes any route Kiir’s enemies could get help to defend themselves. He has put Uhuru in his pocket. Congo was easily bought by Kuol Manyang, So what that will free South Sudan is unity of purpose.

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  • 23 July 2017 14:47, by Ranmediit

    Juba regime and Ugandan they’re try confused peopleand so-called IGAD led them know that HE.Dr, Machar has big roles in South Sudan, very soon they’re going to invited you to rescues them.

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  • 23 July 2017 18:41, by legek Nyareak

    SPLA still connected for our country to Uganda because last yesterday it was bomb maiwut which is Uganda gunship that’s why I said our country still under power of museven president still pushed is kiir president of Dinka still listen uganda president .

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  • 24 July 2017 01:00, by Theone

    They lie alot to the point they forgot that 3:30 PM is not late evening. What a shame to the Khartoum slaves!

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  • 24 July 2017 11:24, by Maguto

    please-------------- avoid claim, who insult government fuel war

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  • 24 July 2017 11:24, by Maguto

    please-------------- avoid claim, who insult government fuel war

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