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Rebels Recapture Phom El Zaref, Threatening to Release Videos of Battles

Addis Ababa, December 11, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have on Thursday recaptured the Administrative Headquarters of Fangak County, Phom El Zaref, in Jonglei State, according to Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang.

In a press statement obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA), Gen. Koang stated that their forces took control over Phom El Zaref on the 10th of December, adding that they have inflicted heavy losses on government troops.

“Our Resistance Forces under direct command of Brig. Gen. Chuol Nhial Kok and under overall command of Maj. Gen. Gabriel Tangiye on 10-12-2014 regained control of Phom El Zaref, the Administrative HQs of Fangak County in northern Jonglei State,” Koang said in the statement.

In addition, the SPLA-IO Spokesman vowed to release videos of Fangak battles.

“The videos will be released to boost the morale of our Forces and supporters in the country and around the world,” he added.

The rebels’ military Spokesman also stated that government forces are on the run on different directions and that the rebel forces are pursuing them.

“[Government] Foot soldiers fled in two directions with our forces in hot pursuit; one group towards Nyijuat in neighboring Panyikang County in Upper Nile State and Dor in the same county,” Gen. Koang asserted.

Koang further disclosed that the anti-government forces have killed 78 government soldiers, captured 6 PKM light machine guns, 60 AKM-47, 8 RPG-7, and destroyed 1 APC and 3 Toyota Land cruisers mounted with heavy machine guns.

The Spokesman for the SPLA-in Opposition further revealed that their positions in Renk county were systematically attacked by the SPLA-Juba forces.

“In a separate development, clashes erupted on 10-12-2014 in Gongbar north of Renk County. Salva's forces moved out of their defensive positions at Wei-Yar Adiu northwest of Nasir and attacked our forces at Dhurding, Koat-Chie Gew and Ketbek. All the attackers were repulsed,” Koang disclosed.

On November 28, government troops launched successful attacks on rebels’ positions and took control over Fangak's administrative Headquarters, Phom El Zaref.

Fighting Resumes in Fangak County: UN Spokesman

Addis Ababa, December 5, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Spokesman for the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), Joe Contreras, said heavy fighting between South Sudan’s warring factions has resumed on Tuesday in Fangak County, Jonglei State.

Contreras admitted that the fighting has been going for more than a week. The UN Spokesman also stated that IGAD’s monitoring team has been on the ground as part of its peace monitoring mission.

“The fighting has been going on for over a week there,” Contreras said.

Contreras also called the latest fighting “the most sustained fighting in a single location since May,” according the Reuters News Agency.

On November 28, the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) has reported heavy fighting in Fangak County with both sides using heavy artilleries after government forces launched successful attacks on rebels’ positions.

There is a widespread fear that fighting could escalate even more during the dry season.

South Sudan Ranks Most Corrupt Nation

Juba, December 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- The Republic of South Sudan has been ranked as one of the world’s most corrupt nations by the Germany-based corruption watchdog, the Transparency International.

In its report entitled, Corruption Perceptions Index 2014: Results, South Sudan is listed fifth corrupt country. On top of the list of most corrupt countries are Somalia, North Korea, Sudan, and Afghanistan.

The report also listed countries scores from 2012-2014. Based on the scores, South Sudan’s scores in 2013 and 20014 are 14 and 15 respectively; the 2012 score is recorded as “not applicable”.

The Transparency International ranking is based on how money influences elections, bribery, backroom dealers, among others.

South Sudan has been seeing rise in degrading by international organizations since fighting erupted in Juba last year.

In June, The Fund for Peace, a US-based research institution named South Sudan as the world’s most fragile state, citing fractured leadership, chronic instability, and the growing ethnic nature of the violence in the country.

The young nation also has a history of ethnic rivalry and social barriers.

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