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SPLA-North withdraws from Malakal as South Sudanese rebels threaten “all-out war”

Pagak, May 27, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have revealed that combined forces of SPLA-Juba and SPLA-North with air support from Ugandan air force early this week launched a coordinated attack against rebel positions in the capital of the oil-rich Upper Nile State.

The armed opposition said fighters of the Sudanese rebel, the SPLA-North, started withdrawing from Malakal on Tuesday evening and completed their withdrawals on Wednesday evening.

On Monday, the Spokesman for the SPLA-Juba faction Philip Aguer said government soldiers recaptured Malakal from rebels and that Juba inflicted heavy losses on rebel fighters.

The SPLA-IO appears not convinced by government version of Malakal fighting.

Johnson Wal Hoth, a high-ranking official with the military command of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO), said Monday fighting in Malakal was basically a fight between South Sudanese rebels against SPLA-Juba with its foreign allies. He stated that soldiers of the SPLM/A-North, a Sudanese rebel movement fighting against Khartoum’s regime, were involved in the attack, adding that Juba soldiers and Ugandan air force also participated in the operation.

“Let me be clear, we know from our military intelligence department that SPLA-North and Ugandan air force were coming to help Kiir’s government. We know Kiir is paying Ugandan President and leaders of the SPLM/A/North to fight against us because he knows his forces can’t resist our forces; so this is not a new development and we are not surprised about it,” Johnson told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) in heavily militarized Pagak town.

“What we are surprised about is the fact that we withdrew our forces from the town before they came in…and surprisingly Juba went ahead and claimed that they have defeated us,” he said mockingly, adding that “the SPLA-North fighters have now withdrawn” from the Malakal.

The rebel military official reaffirms rebels’ commitment to peace and warned that the SPLA-IO is fully prepared and will launch “all-out war” if Juba does not changes what he described as “reckless behavior.”

Fighting broke out in December of 2013 between different units of presidential guards after months of political turmoil among senior leaders of the ruling SPLM party. South Sudanese President Kiir accused his chief-rival, Dr. Riek Machar, of orchestrating a military coup. Machar denied the accusation, saying Kiir planned the alleged coup in an attempt to try to purge his political opponents.

IGAD-led Peace talks between South Sudan’s warring factions have been ongoing in the Ethiopia. However, the talks lead to little or no success with fighting still raging.

South Sudan’s rebels seize Mundri

Juba, May 22, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s rebel forces on Friday captured Mundri of Western Equatoria state from government’s troops, the office of rebel Spokesperson has proclaimed.

The armed opposition seizure of the town was announced on Friday by rebel Spokesman James Gatdet Dak, who congratulates and praises the action taken by the Equatoria region-based SPLA-IO section under the command of Major General Elias Lako Jada.

“The spokesperson in the office of the Chairman and Commander-in-Chief, SPLM/SPLA, do hereby announce the capture today (Friday) of Mundri town in Western Equatoria state by our gallant forces under the overall command of Major General Elias Lako Jada,” the statement reads in part.

“Mundri, which is about 200kms west of Juba, is a strategic town which links the national capital, Juba, with the Western Equatoria state capital, Yambio,” it added.

On Thursday, the SPLA-IO warned that it will attack Paloch oilfields at anytime and called on oil companies to immediately evacuate their employees and leave the area.

The capture of the town, which links Juba with the Western Equatoria state, is yet another worrying sign for government, which is already facing numerous military defeats in Upper Nile State.

Meanwhile, the office of Spokesman for the SPLA-Juba faction Philip Aguer declined to comment on the issue when contacted by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

South Sudan’s rebels prepare to attack Paloch oilfields, renew call for oil companies to leave

Juba/Addis Ababa, May 21, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels on Thursday warned that it has finished its military preparation and that it will strike oilfields at anytime to capture them from government troops.

James Gatdet Dak, the Spokesman for the Chairman of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement/Army-In Opposition (SPLM/A-IO) said the rebel forces once again call on all oil firms operating in Paloch to immediately evacuate their employees and leave the area, warning that anyone or entity refusing to comply with the SPLM/A-IO call will be responsible if anything happen to the lives of oil workers.

“SPLM/SPLA forces have converged around Paloch oilfields - Adar (Upper Nile) state - from different directions to capture the oilfields from pro-Salva Kiir forces any time soon. The leadership of the Movement therefore renews strong advice to any remaining oil worker in Paloch to evacuate for safety reasons,” Gatdet said in a statement extended to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

“Salva Kiir’s government will be held responsible for anything that may happen to their [oil workers] lives in the course of fighting. We call on oil companies operating in the area to ensure that their workers are evacuated,” he warned.

The Spokesperson for the armed opposition stated that the rebel leadership has learned that South Sudanese government is preventing “some international oil workers from leaving the area, using them as human shield.”

In the document, Gatdet also reassured the people of South Sudan and the international community that the SPLA-IO forces made a “tactical withdrawal” from Melut on Wednesday for a reorganization purpose, saying that “Melut town is no longer strategic” after they captured it this Tuesday and that the SPLA-IO still controls Tangrial Bil oil refinery site located near the main oilfields.

The rebel official asserted that capturing oilfields and cutting “off Salva Kiir’s regime from the oil revenues he has been using to finance the war at the expense of the people of South Sudan” is now the number one rebels’ priority.

Gatdet further revealed that heavy fighting broke out in Unity State on Thursday after government forces attacked their outposts on Wednesday in Nyal, the administrative headquarters of Panyijiar County. Rebels “inflicted heavy losses on government’s forces in terms of human casualties and materials,” according to the statement.

In the Unity State fighting, the SPLA-IO claimed it has captured 3 T-55 tanks, 2 Armored Personnel Carriers (APC), 8 big trucks captured, 2 toyota pick-up mounted with heavy weapons, and 2 fuel tankers. The armed opposition also destroyed 2 T-55 tanks, and 1 APC, according to the document obtained by the SSNA.

Early this week, the armed opposition intensified its military operations against government troops, claiming that government soldiers with their foreign allies have been attacking their positions in the oil-rich Unity and Upper Nile States.

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