18 February 2014

South Sudan: Rebels Claim to Have Taken Partial Control of Malakal

Photo: Jared Ferrie/IPS
Soldiers patrol an oil field in Paloug, in South Sudan's Upper Nile state

Juba — Sources from the South Sudanese rebels have claimed to have recaptured much of the strategic oil-rich town of Malakal on Tuesday morning, adding that the whole state capital will be under their full control in a matter of hours.

The sources further said that Ugandan warplanes have also taken off from Juba, the South Sudanese capital, and launched air attacks against the rebels around the Upper Nile state capital.

"Our positions came under attacks by the government forces outside Malakal this morning and we had to strike back and pushed them back into Malakal. We have now recaptured about 70% of Malakal city and moving on," said a military commander around Malakal who preferred anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on behalf of the rebels.

Sudan Tribune is yet to independently confirm the rebels' claims.

Toby Lanzer, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in South Sudan confirmed the outbreak of hostilities in Malakal between the two warring parties.

"All parties engaged in the violence must uphold people's rights and protect non-combatants," he tweeted Tuesday.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Sudan Tribune. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

South Sudan Rebels Claim Control of Major Oil Town

Soldiers patrol an oil field in Paloug, in South Sudan's Upper Nile state

South Sudanese rebels have claimed to have recaptured much of the strategic oil-rich town of Malakal, saying the whole state capital will be under their full control in a matter of ... Read more »