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SPLA and its Foreign Allies Launch Fresh Attacks on Rebels’ Positions in Unity State: Chief Negotiator

Addis Ababa, November 8, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese Rebel Chief Negotiator General Taban Deng Gai, has sent a protest letter to IGAD head Negotiator, accusing South Sudan’s government of launching fresh attacks on their positions in Unity State. A copy of the correspondence which was signed by Deng and sent to the Chairperson of IGAD Special Envoys for South Sudan, Ambassador Seyuom Mesfin, was obtained by the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA).

The attacks come just less than 24 hours after the two warring sides agreed to honor the Cessation of Hostilities Agreement which was signed in January this year.

“We make this statement to bring it to the attention of the Chairperson of IGAD Special Envoys, H. E. Seyuom Mesfin, that the Government has again launched fresh attacks on our positions in Unity State this morning,” Gai wrote.

The letter also stated that combined forces of government troops, Justice and Equality Movement (JEM), and Sudan People’s Liberation army-North (SPLA-N) attacked their positions in Tor and Hofra.

“On November 8, 2014, GRSS, JEM and SPLA-North forces advanced from Bentiu and Pariang and attacked our positions at Tor and Hofra in Unity State,” he said.

The rebels’ Chief negotiator condemned the attacks and called on IGAD, Troika countries (UK, US, and Norway), and the United Nations to denounce South Sudanese government's actions and demand an investigation.

“SPLM/SPLA condemns in the strongest terms possible the continuous aggression and violation of Cessation of Hostilities Agreement by the regime in Juba and calls on IGAD, Troika and the United Nations to condemn these unproved attacks by GRSS forces and investigate these aggressions,” Gai added.

Fighting has been raging with both sides repeatedly accusing each other of breaking the January 2014 truce.

President Kiir collapses at khartoum’s Airport

Juba, November 4, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudan’s President, Salva Kiir Mayardit, has on Tuesday collapsed at Khartoum’s airport while on a visit to Sudan.

The Dutch-based Radio Tamazuj has reported that Kiir collapsed in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum.

The seriousness of the incident is yet to be determined.

Radio Tamazuj further alleged that Sudan’s intelligence agents seized cameras of Journalists who were at the airport covering Kiir’s visit.

However, a government source with the South Sudan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs who asked not to be named substantiated the occurrence and told the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) that Kiir did in fact collapsed but declined to provide details.

“Yes, it is true; President Kiir collapsed at Sudanese airport, but I am not giving you any more details at the moment”, the source said.

South Sudan is in the midst of civil war after Kiir accused his political adversaries of plotting a coup.

At least 1.5 million South Sudanese have fled their homes and tens of thousands of people have been killed.

South Sudan Rebels Seize Bentiu

Addis Ababa, October 29, 2014 (SSNA) -- South Sudanese rebels have on Wednesday afternoon (South Sudan local time) seized the capital of the oil-rich unity state, Bentiu, from the government troops.

The fighting occurred more than ten months after war broke out in Juba.

Bentiu had changed hands numerous times since the war erupted in late December last year.

Rebels military Spokesman, Brig. General Lul Ruai Koang, confirmed the seizure of Bentiu saying opposition forces have liberated Bentiu after government soldiers attacked their positions for two days.

“Our Gallant Resistance Fighters under overall command of Gen.Peter Gatdet Yak this afternoon liberated Bentiu town from Kiir's genocidal forces. In the last two day; the enemy has been attacking us 5km north and 7km south of Bentiu forcing our forces to return a barrage of fires in self-defense leading to the fall of the town”, Gen. Koang said.

“Our forces are consolidating their gains and pursuing these tribal militias towards Mayom and Pareng”, he added.

Koang also stated that Juba is funding the war from Upper Nile oil, and warned that anti-government forces are capable of launching a crippling blow against oil facilities if deems necessary.

Meanwhile, SPLA Spokesperson, Philip Aguer, called the fall of Bentiu a “lie”. Aguer further asserted that government forces took full control of the town after four hours of fierce battle.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed and at least 1.5 million have fled the country as the fighting raged.

Peace negotiations are continuing in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, with little success.

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