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South Sudan army kills rebel commander after fresh attack on Yei


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

February 26, 2018 (JUBA) - A rebel spokesperson accused the South Sudanese army on Monday of killing a rebel commander in Yei River State in a fresh attack on their positions, ahead of the resumption of peace talks in Addis Ababa.

Major Felix Likambo was killed on Monday morning, according to a statement released on Monday by Col. Lam Paul Gabriel, Deputy Spokesperson of the SPLM-IO Riek Machar.

Likambo was commanding the troops of the armed opposition around Yei area and used as headquarters Yankonye which is located some 5 miles away from Yei town.

“This morning at about 6:00 am SPLA moved out of their trenches in Yei town and attacked SPLA-IO bases at Yankonye (5 miles Yei-Maridi road) and at harvesters (3 miles Yei-Maridi road.) and killed our base commander Maj. Felix Likambo Faustino and wounded one soldier. The fighting spread to the internally displaced population causing more displacements of civilians,” announced Gabriel.

On Friday 23 February, the SPLM-IO accused the South Sudanese army of preparing to launch new attacks on its positions in Yei River state in South Sudan’s Equatoria region.

The rebels last week thought the government was preparing to attack their position in Kajo-Kaji, but Monday’s attack was on Yei.

The rebel spokesman said the attack in which their commander was killed had compelled them to "tactically" pull out from the area to avoid civilian casualties due to crossfire.

“This is an act of provocation and aggression from the regime despite the signed CoH agreement on 21 December 2017,” he said.

Gabriel further claimed that the government has moved troops to Pagak of Maiwut State near the Ethiopian border ahead of a new attack on their fighters.

“The regime has been airlifting troops and military logistics to Pagak since yesterday the 25 February 2018 in preparation to launch coordinated attacks on SPLA IO bases in and around Pagak and Nasir," he said.

"Therefore, the letter of Maj. Gen Majier Deng Kur to CTSAMM dated 26 February 2018 is just to cover up planned attacks on the SPLA IO positions,” the statement stressed

The rebel group directed their forces to be on alert at all fronts and denounced the regime’s anti-peace campaign. In addition, it called upon the CTSAMM (Ceasefire Transitional Security Arrangement Monitoring Mechanism) to investigate these activities as soon as possible.

No statement was issued by the government confirming or denying the attack on the opposition forces and whether or not its forces bore the responsibility for killing the commander of the rebel in the area.

The government and the SPLM-IO signed a cessation of hostilities on 21 December 2017 but they didn’t honour the agreement. The mediators the African Union and the Troika countries warned they would impose sanctions on the truce violators if the fighting resumes again.


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  • 26 February 2018 21:52, by garrak1520

    Is there need for peace talk since the government of South Sudan has no will of stopping this man made disaster. The international community has to talk in one voice: more Sanctions on South Sudan Government (cease and block accounts, travel ban and cease all assets abroad) from Kenya to Australia, USA, Uganda.

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  • 26 February 2018 22:22, by Eastern

    Likambu is statistics; next MTN COLLABORATOR....?

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    • 27 February 2018 05:06, by South South

      This is very white lie from desperate Riek"s IO. This is the only way for them to fight our government. making up lies is now new war in South Sudan. Of course what do we expect from dying Riek’s IO other than lies. They think making up lie will help them to secure support from US.

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      • 27 February 2018 05:55, by jubaone

        South South,
        All is lies and IO is just fabricating lies. Our President Kiir has said, there’s no war and opposition has been crushed. Just wondering why you’re still squatting in Uganda or Kenya? You should be doing some farming or looking after the few remaining cows. Lol;

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        • 27 February 2018 09:03, by South South


          Please grow up. Don’t just make up things. It makes you look like a little crying baby. What Kenya and Uganda Iam squatting in? Iam in South Sudan, my country, beautiful country. Yes, rebels of Reik were crushed long time ago when Pagak was captured. You are really sleeping jubaone. No single one in South Sudan can forced people through war to get what he/she wants.

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  • 26 February 2018 23:37, by choldit

    President Salva Kiir in recent East African heads of states meeting asked presidents to help him kill citizens of his country, Fight against international pressure to accept negotiating faithful in peace talks and respect his international law obligations as tabled in UN Chaters.

    So, what one can expect from such a leader? The so called mediators are the problem. They sanctioned Dr Machar but..

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    • 26 February 2018 23:48, by choldit

      ... allow president terrorise his own voters just becoz they are from different tribes not dinka (Salva Kiir ‘s tribe). America sanctions on president Salva Kiir regime in Juba has no affect on 🇸🇸 Govt becoz it is designed as just a show not meant to help bring peace in 🇸🇸 becoz if it was the east Africa leaders shld be asked to stop supporting the killing of innocent people.

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  • 27 February 2018 04:32, by Mayendit

    Rebels Spokesman Pual Lam Gabriel and Choldit

    You should not blames president Salve Kiir and his government but to blamed your owns rebels groups. The government’s Officials have term it as the impossible demanding and looks at these impossible demands.
    1. Excluded the president from new government
    2. Dissolved parliaments. 3 Dissolved National Security.4 Dissolved SPLA. 5 Dissolved High Court.

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  • 27 February 2018 04:42, by Mayendit

    Col, Pual Lam Gabriel and Choldit: Continue on the impossible demanding by rebels groups in recently peace Addis Ababa.
    They demands 32 States to be dissolved, they demands SPLA to be selected from every county a cross nation. They wanted big government and small States, they demands big positions even if there is no money. The people who seem to have PhD are more dangerous and dumbest.

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  • 27 February 2018 04:54, by Mayendit

    Dear Readers.
    The above mentions and more others would have make it too difficult for mediators and others peacemakers to puts blamed on the Republic of South Sudan’s government likewise, the 2005 CPA had not success if the late Chairman Dr. John Garang de Mabior demanded such a things, because Omar al Bashir would have turned down everything and war would have had continues up to this moment.

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    • 27 February 2018 08:13, by lino

      Ya Mayendit, we were at the scene of negotiations, and our late leader Dr. John Garang demanded even tough issues than what you mentioned as well as Bashir, but mediators role is to hold the stick from the middle and compromise! Bashir has not chance to run away from reaching an agreement else he would have gone years ago!!!

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      • 27 February 2018 08:18, by lino

        Just Konyo Konyo Government is not will for an agreement, and they think they will end the crisis and war by force! It will be at least 5 decades to end the crises that way!!! Remember we are tribes. Tribal conflicts take centuries to resolve!!!

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    • 27 February 2018 12:51, by Garang Akeen Tong

      Mayendit, South South

      I solute you.
      Thanks you so much, tell these folks to stop posting false accusation in media.

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      • 27 February 2018 21:35, by Eastern

        Tee hihihihi!,

        Just because another DINKA has come out in support of a fellow DINKA does not mean the DINKA regime is for the whole of South Sudan. What has caused South Sudanese to flee their county and become refugees if the REGIME in Juba is for them but not for DINKA? Should the other South Sudanese refugees ask the very few dinka amongst them that question?

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  • 27 February 2018 12:42, by Garang Akeen Tong

    Very funny to hear you making impossible demand, and at the same time you crying for your fucking Major, who got reward of death, chose one between <>peace & <> war. And stop shouting in media.

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  • 27 February 2018 15:22, by victory john

    our country should never get any peace unless ssssss s the leader of southsudan stepdown

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