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South Sudan rival forces claim control of Kuergeng area of Unity region


South Sudan's army soldiers drive in a truck on the frontline in Panakuach, Unity state April 24, 2012. (Reuters Photo)
October 27, 2017 (JUBA)- Rival forces in South Sudan have on Friday issued statements in which each side attempted to portray itself as being in full control of Kuergeng, an area under Guit County in Northern Liech, part of greater unity.

The resumption of heavy fighting pitted a coalition of troops under the control of President Salva Kiir and his first deputy in coalition government on one and those loyal to the exiled former First Vice President turned rebel leader Riek Machar on the other.

The fighting occurred on Thursday morning, just a day after President Kiir assured the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley during a meeting on Wednesday that his government would implement 2015 peace agreement and would do the best to stop the violence by declaring a permanent ceasefire.

Kiir further told the top U.S. official his administration will also participate in the proposed revitalization forum of the agreement without laying preconditions.

It was not immediately clear who of the rival sides initiated the attack. Sudan Tribune was not able to independently verify their claims.

Northern Liech State information minister Lam Tungwar said Friday that government forces on Thursday came under “heavy attack by rebel forces” at Kuergeng area, resulting in the death of at least nine people including four policemen. 13 others including the Kuergeng commissioner Nyok Kier sustained injuries during the fight over what appears as a renewed military offensive.

Col. Dickson Gatluak Jock, spokesman of the SPLA-IO faction allied to the First Vice President Taban Deng Gai said in a statement released on Friday that their forces under command of Major Gen. Gabriel Gatwech Puoch, verified that some disgruntled generals of Riek Machar crossed the Nile River from Fangak.

“They were led by Col. Malek Wictuor Nyak and Lt. Col. Pan Kueth. This group made a surprise attack on SPLA-IO’s defensive area this morning (Thursday) but they were repulsed by our Mobile forces. They simultaneously attacked our controlled areas that is Boaw Payam in Koch County but spoilt. They are now being given a hot pursuit by Mobile fighters back to their barracks where they came from and inflicted heavy casualties,” said Jock.

The pro-government force’s spokesman said his group will not return to their defensive positions but will keep pursuing them till they are sure the rival forces have crossed back to where they came. Jock said eight people lost their lives including the civilians and other fourteen more wounded.

“The wounded civilians are being treated in Bentiu main Hospital,” he said.

Meanwhile, the military spokesman of Riek Machar SPLA-IO faction William Gatjiath released a statement on the same incident on Thursday confirming their forces under the command of Brigadier General Malek Weituor had captured Kuergeng area after fighting. The rebel military spokesman claimed their group had killed more than 17 government soldiers during the fighting.

“In addition to Kuergeng, the gallant and brave SPLA-IO forces under Major Nhial Kam Both, SPLM-SPLA (IO) Commissioner of Koch County entered and occupied Boaw and Pakur following the withdrawal of the visibly hungry and demoralized Juba regime soldiers from the area”, the statement reads.


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  • 28 October 2017 02:39, by Kuar Junub

    government side is lying whenever they defeated they cry that civilian r kill yet they’re the ones killing civilian with that losing anger

    • 28 October 2017 05:31, by Newsudan

      that is exactly how aimless rebellion of Riek behalf, Now if I can ask, what are they still fighting for, pathetic.Taban is already powerful man in the govt, they shld forget Riek Io,
      Taban is good leader,I watched him welcome Dr Garang in Itang 1990,William Nyuon,Salva Kiir, And others, History of Riek is just aimless killing and numerous parties he has formed,it is good news he languished in SA

      • 28 October 2017 09:30, by Wutkhor

        Newsudan false n dead vision
        Why u use to lost ur human sense for sometimes my friend? Dinka’s idiots customs of lies, cheat, steals, n addiction of robbing equotoria land will lead SS to splits one day, STD doesn’t have any followers across the entire Nuer lands and 85% of us Nuer have fed up to even lives with u Dinka’s so nobody will accept to lives with u jiengs anymore.. Only secessions may s

        • 28 October 2017 10:00, by Newsudan

          Kiir + Riek govt= war.
          replaced your boss with Gatwech Dual or Koang Ranley,forget Riek, Riek Io attack SPLA positions hours after US Haley leave, it’s now clear Riek anti peace group are warmongers, but when SPLA response you make noise to US govt,now ur not serious for meaningful peace, SPLA will be forced to moved out of their trenches to pursued wherever you launched Operations whether

          • 28 October 2017 10:13, by Wutkhor

            U have common sense than any Dinka’s idiots in this forum but don’t pretend, I hate Riek more than u hate him coz he Riek never establish any meaning leadership which can enables us Nuer to defeat Dinka’s while we use to fight with all our energy but due to Riek incompetency n stupid leadership which he led us not to win this war since 2014

            • 28 October 2017 10:18, by Wutkhor

              Con.. Riek is the most failure leader in the ancient, modern n contemporary world history n I believe Riek will never lead as but as nuer we will never laid down our guns for Dinka’s insects coz ur Dinka’s insects jce n kiirminal started this war badly n we will show u ugly war, a war which will never end unless u jieng germs will accept secessions for Nuer nations, for me I am not fighting for Ri

              • 28 October 2017 10:29, by Newsudan

                then unseat the idiot and replaced him with capable leader to set objectives such as peace negotiations with transition govt in Juba.aimless fighting can’t solved any issues, I give you Dr Garang objectives during 21 years free of charge
                1.popular armed struggle
                2.Popular uprising in conjunction with other opposition forces
                3.peace negotiations with govt of day in Juba
                4.international pres

                • 28 October 2017 10:42, by Newsudan

                  for your case,popular uprising oppositions unity is important, Peace negotiations, International pressure on govt to accept peace, this is how Dr Garang achieved CPA.you don’t just fight for the seek of fighting, but fight with objectives and end goals determined forecast ahead.look all rebels leaders reside in foreign cities hotels,they are not in the field, make it difficult for govt to know who

                  • 28 October 2017 10:48, by Newsudan

                    is fighting and who is for peace, Almost all top rebels commanders lived in Khartoum, Addis,Nairobi, Kampala, DC,London, Pretoria. I feel pity for our people whether with govt or rebels becos they are being used as tools for political gained, actually their leaders held people hostage as a ransomed for peace.

    • 28 October 2017 14:35, by Khent
  • 28 October 2017 03:55, by john akeen

    South sudan it’s a beautiful country like it’s people, but Riek Machar with it’s warriors want to destroy it because of one person name Salva Kiir, but I have one question to ask, who is the best citizen in the country who doesn’t care about politics like Salva Kiir and Riek Machar, and whoever think that they were running SPLA during the struggle with Sudan. Please let p Kiir do his job>>

    • 28 October 2017 04:11, by john akeen

      the people who doesn’t care about P Kiir and Riek Machar, are the true citizen of our country

  • 28 October 2017 04:58, by Mayendit

    I think the International and the UN as the whole must works hard in all aspect to make sure there is peace in South Sudan. The rebels led by former vice president are sicken seriously and the need specialist doctors who can treating them on SD, and others illness. Our people are doing for what they don’t know and they need helps from world to treating them.They have been fighting for many years.

  • 28 October 2017 05:09, by Mayendit

    Continues. For years people are fighting neither on the right war and the wrong war yet, there is no realization as people and human beings even the animals wouldn’t repeated if there is bad thing happening before but these Southern Sudanese rebels are absolutely doing what they don’t even knowing how bad it is. There are many ways to survived without needing assistance from your government.

  • 28 October 2017 05:15, by Nairobimitot

    South Sudan is still not an independent country. There are many people with different ideas about hate, and those of Riek Machar are saying stuff a lot of kinds of thing that they are Nuer and so on. If the Nuer get their Independent country with the Nuer flag and the national anthem of Nuer that starts with Naath, they will still get drunk and fight each other. The same with Dinka and equatorians. This is what the citizens need to understand. There is need to learn from events from the past and learn how not to repeat the same mistakes. Do not take the blame.

    • 28 October 2017 05:47, by Kuch

      "South Sudan rival forces claim control of Kuergeng area of Unity region"!!!
      And where is "Kuergeng" in our former unity state SUDAN TRIBUNE propagandists idiots? Fellows, unity state was created by our arch enemy, the cloned so-called arabs of North Sudan. And the aim was that oil fields are going to be shared with them---the cloned arabs of North Sudan. But to be honest, all the oil fields>>>

      • 28 October 2017 05:57, by Kuch

        are in the Dinka/Monyjieng countries, only one oil field in our former unity state is our Nuer cousins country and our Nuers have long destroyed in 2013. But some of our Nuer cousins don’t know where they belong & where other peoples are. I am the one that help bombed our Nuer so-called white army out my home town of Bor, Balliet, Malakal & our other small villages>>>

        • 28 October 2017 20:37, by Nairobimitot

          Whether the old fields are in Dinka Land or Nuer Land not matter. All the oil fields belong to the people of South Sudan and the national unity government because we live in the same country. Are you not tired of war of words and divisions that are tearing our nation in parts?

  • 28 October 2017 08:35, by Sunday Junup

    There is no smoke without fire, those Kuch, South South etc will keep on barking till you cry for help. Why do you beg international community to help you when you got defeated but saying you defeat rebel when you attack Waat and Pagak? Go to hail with your National Dialogue

  • 28 October 2017 10:04, by Wutkhor

    Living with Dinka’s it’s a crimes by itself, Dinka’s behavior is much differ than any living society on earth they really behalf like ugly bush animals, the Dinka’s customs n the culture of lies, cheats, steals n addiction to grabs equotoria land will never end, we better choose a better n cleans options, we the 85% of Nuer.

    • 28 October 2017 10:07, by Wutkhor

      Con.. Of the Nuer n the 90% of equatoria must declare separate independent instead of fighting to changes this ugly dumb Dinka’s dirty brains into the modern world civilization.

      • 28 October 2017 16:24, by Don-Don Malith Rual

        No more comments on the issues to do with outlaw.

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