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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.

South Sudan’s rebel military command warns of “full-scale war”

Addis Ababa, May 19, 2015 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebel military command on Tuesday warned of “full-scale war” after government troops launched coordinated attacks against their forces in Upper Nile, Unity, and Jonglei States.

The SPLA-IO military command which is fully tasked to oversee the opposition forces blasted South Sudanese President Salva Kiir handling of the conflict and accuses him of “reckless behavior.”

The rebel command asserted that Kiir’s leadership has no difference with someone who heads a Mafia-run corporation.

Johnson Wal Hoth, a high ranking official with the rebel military command declares Juba as a puppet of Kampala, saying dealing with kiir is like dealing with a coward who runs a Mafia-managed business.

“Juba reckless behavior is not stopping, so we have decided to wage full scale war against Kiir’s genocidal government,” Johnson told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

“Juba soldiers with their foreign allies have been violating the January 2014 cessation of hostilities agreement...and it is not easy to deal with somebody who thinks he can stay in power by acting like coward who runs a Mafia-company,” he declared.

This month, government troops massacred civilians in Mayom County and South of Bentiu in Unity State. The Juba-backed soldiers were also accused of raping women, young girls, kidnapped boys, killed many civilians, and looted large numbers of livestock.

On Tuesday, the office of the Spokesperson for the military command of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army-In Opposition (SPLA-IO) released a statement stating that combined forces of the SPLA-IO and Local Defend Forces (LDF) have took full control of Maluth and are now five (5) kilometers away from Paloch main oilfields.

“A Joint operation from the SPLA-IO and local defend forces or (LDF) are pursuing pro-government forces towards Paloch oil fields in Upper Nile state. Our forces are about 5 KM from the main oilfields after clearing and took control of Maluth in the early hours today [Tuesday] from the government forces,” Colonel Lony T. Ngundeng, the official Spokesperson for the rebel military command said in a statement obtained by the SSNA.

Col. Lony also said rebel forces have captured Thiangrial and Panomdiit located at the west bank of the Nile River, adding that the SPLA-IO and LDF also captured government’s ferry trying to transport military-hard ware destined for Malakal.

Lony further claimed that opposition troops are marching toward Paloch and that the SPLA-IO is fully prepared to shutdown the Upper Nile oilfields used by Juba to buy war equipments.

South Sudanese armed factions have been involved in renewed fighting since mid-April after IGAD-led peace talks collapsed in early March.

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