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Over 70 killed in South Sudan’s Tonj following clashes between SSPDF, armed civilians


August 11, 2020 (JUBA) - Over 70 people were killed as a result of clashes in Tonj East County of Warrap State between South Sudanese army and armed civilians during the weekend, UN spokesman reported on Tuesday

Tonj East municipality (ST photo) "The violence was sparked by a disagreement over a disarmament exercise being conducted in the area. During the fighting, the local market in Romich was reportedly looted and some shops were burnt to the ground," said UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric on Tuesday.

Dujarric added that the UNMISS was informed about the fighting by the local authority.

Local residents sources said the clashes erupted following the killing of a youth by a soldier in the market during a wrangle.

The youth refused to render his weapon to the army which is carrying out a disarmament campaign in the area.

Following what his family members attacked the base of the South Sudan People’s Defence Forces (SSPDF).

Last July, the army launched a disarmament campaign in Warrap State in a bid to reduce intercommunal clashes in the country. However, locals resist the exercise saying the security forces do not offer protection.

Many women and children fled in fear of their lives, after the attack. Also, a UNMISS peacekeeping patrol is on its way to assess the security situation.

"The Mission is urging all those involved in the violence to lay down their weapons and to help restore calm for the sake of their communities," said the statement.

The UNMISS continues to engage with political and community leaders to prevent further conflict. It will support locally-led reconciliation efforts, it added.


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  • 12 August 2020 07:44, by Mayendit

    The correct reported it said, more than 120 people have died in the clashes between SSPDF soldiers and the Gelweng youths of Luanyjang communities. Now the Spokesman of the SSPDF government is not telling accurately because the government is not willingly to take responsibility and we all know the SSPDF have done a terrible mistake.

    • 12 August 2020 20:01, by Crazy Doctor

      How do the. SSPDF did the mistake while they were been ordered by the government to carry out the disarment across the country? Never the less the so called armed civilian attacked the soldiers first. Which country do such a thing happened in it? For me I can’t to call them that they civilian, they are not civilian they are rebels.

  • 12 August 2020 07:50, by Joyuma John

    Disarmament exercise for it to be for life can not be forceful,for it to hold first of all treat why communities armed themselves in first place and they must voluntarily surrender their weapons.

  • 12 August 2020 07:55, by Mayendit

    For South Sudanese who have not understood the root cause of the fighting between the SSPDF and the Luachjang youths of Tonj East county is that, one the Primary Student come along SSPDF soldiers and he was ask to sit down for no reason then, they told boy to remove his handkerchief on his head and the boy said to them why do I take off for what?.The boy was trying to leave and he was shot at his

    • 12 August 2020 08:09, by Mayendit

      He was shot at his back and another boy was also shot dead this is why the Gelweng youths got involved because the SSPDF were behave like the real enemies and it was not about disagreement for disarmament exercises but the SSPDF acting so terrible. The SSPDF pointing theirs big weapons such many PKM and 12.7 mm machines guns and the Tanks. About 600 cows left dead at the Cattle camps unarmed child

    • 12 August 2020 08:27, by Joyuma John

      this is a madness of highest order, how come a trained soldier shot a mere civilian moreover a student who was on barehanded on a minor issue like that, or may be they were misinformed to act so.

      • 12 August 2020 09:25, by Mayendit

        Joyuma John
        Brother, it is unbelievable that, the SSPDF soldiers didn’t to focus on their disarmament exercises because those two boys were not fully parts the arms youths. Romic is the county’s Headquarters or capital of the Tonj East county and there was no need at all for the government soldiers to order Red handkerchief to be removed on their heads. All Tonjes people are very angry about SSPD

  • 12 August 2020 08:19, by Mayendit

    I feel sorry and heartbreaking for what happened to them and on one hand, I would not blame very much on the SSPDF soldiers because since the late Chairman Dr.John Garang died then, the new nation was left lawless and the current President is afraid to visited all Armies and explain to them on how they will obeyed the rules of law. President Kiir is using Old generals such as Bol Akot Bol and Rin

  • 12 August 2020 08:32, by Mayendit

    The President Salva Kiir Mayardit is not worried about what happens in Tonj East county,because he knows he was the one ordering SSPDF soldiers to go randomly and started killing before disarmament to begin. The youths were not refused for disarmament exercises but they very surprised to see two boys were shots dead just because of the Red handkerchief in their heads this is a horrible act and the

  • 12 August 2020 09:12, by Mayendit

    Second to that, the President Salva Kiir Mayardit has ordered the SSPDF generals to carry disarmament exercises without assuring the Military accountability and responsibility in the place and the President and his government are not taking their full responsibility and accountability because they wanted to letting innocent civilians dies like a dog. General Bol Akot has no good record and same th

  • 12 August 2020 09:30, by DumoMakuachdit

    Akol Koor must be held accountable for all these muddles he had caused. Though he was saying killing was solution. Otherwise, with God all those devil feats he did in this country will follow him. Rest in peace Aweil’s sons killed by Akol Koor.

  • 12 August 2020 09:35, by Mayendit

    Joyuma John
    13 Chiefs of Luanyjang communities agreed on disarmament exercises unfortunately, the few SSPDF soldiers did a terrible in the middle of many communities of Tonj East county. To tell you the truth, it was not very easy fights as I am speaking to you, one Tank of SSPDF soldiers and many more others vehicles have been captured by Gelweng youths. Wounded SSPDF soldiers were also captured

  • 12 August 2020 10:32, by Mayendit

    It is very sadly that, the President Salva Kiir Mayardit has no discion to make but he has been surrounded by Sudanese witchcraft doctor like Mr.Shiek Idris Abdallah and some of his families members such as Brig, general Chol Agoth, Thiik Mayardit and major Dominic Juuk. Why wasting money to pay witchcraft doctor to sleep in Pyramid hotel in South Sudan?. Mayardit families must understand, Kiir wi

  • 12 August 2020 20:16, by Kenyang ll

    I have said and will say it again. Allow the savage to eat themselves. If Salva Kiir want to disarm his unruly people of Warap, it must be done by Warap soldiers and them alone.

  • 12 August 2020 20:36, by Kenyang ll

    Recently a soldier gunned down a girl in Aweil for refusing to marry him. The family of the girl and surrounding communities didn’t organize and attack the army. Instead, they reach out to police and army and the lone culprit was apprehended, hopefully will be hanged sooner or later. Who allow civilians to attack army base for crime done by one outlaw soldier?

    • 12 August 2020 22:08, by Mayendit

      You might be one the most supportive of the criminal otherwise, you should not defending criminal soldiers who have been attacked by using 12.7 mm machines guns and Tanks. What kind of soldiers that shooting on 12 to 13 years Old?. More than 600 cows were killed by shooting randomly in to cattle camps. The Youths of Luanyjang communities have all rights to defend themselves from untrain

      • 13 August 2020 02:16, by Kenyang ll

        You’re from there. I wouldn’t expect different thinking capacity. But again, same story: A young girl in Aweil and a boy in Tonj, both killed by outlaw individual soldiers. Aweil joined hand with law enforcement and throw the criminal in prison. Tonj on other hand, attacked army base and are celebrating their victory.

    • 12 August 2020 22:09, by Mayendit

      You might be one the most supportive of the criminal otherwise, you should not defending criminal soldiers who have been attacked by using 12.7 mm machines guns and Tanks. What kind of soldiers that shooting on 12 to 13 years Old?. More than 600 cows were killed by shooting randomly in to cattle camps. The Youths of Luanyjang communities have all rights to defend themselves from untrain

      • 13 August 2020 14:07, by Jebel Dinka

        @Mayendit, KenyangII is right. And indeed this is the right time peaceful part of Warrap should be transfer/annex to other peaceful States (Wau and Aweil)and leave you to sensely continue killing yourselves.You lowless prim of central and Eastern part of Warrap had brought shame to Warrap State.

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